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Healthy development thanks to older siblings

If expectant mothers are exposed to stress their child can develop behavioural problems - but this is less often the case for children with siblings

During the first years of their lives, children develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills that will provide the foundations for their lifelong health and achievements. However, exposure to environmental stressors during critical periods of life can have negative long-term consequences for their development. One of the most critical stressors for children is maternal stress, which is known to have a detrimental effect on children’s health and well-being, already in utero.

© Federica Amici