Dads get the baby blues too…

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It appears that dad’s get the baby blues too, and when they do almost half of them spank their one-year-olds! According to findings reported recently online in Pediatrics, not only women experience postpartum depression; approximately 7% of men experience it too. 41% of men that experience depression after childbirth spank their one-year-old babies compared to only 13% of dad’s without depression. “This finding is particularly concerning given that children were only 1 year of age in our study, a developmental stage when children are unlikely to understand the connection between their behavior and subsequent punishment and when spanking is more likely to cause physical injury,” the researchers commented. Click here to read an article from TIME that discusses this study more.

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