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Razaz N, Joseph KS, Boyce WT, Guhn M, Forer B, Carruthers R, Marrie RA, Tremlett H. Children of chronically ill parents: Relationship between parental multiple sclerosis and childhood developmental health. Mult Scler. 2015 Dec. pii: 1352458515621624. [Epub ahead of print]

BACKGROUND:Exposure to parental chronic illness is associated with adverse developmental outcomes.
OBJECTIVE:We examined the association between parental multiple sclerosis (MS) and parental MS-related clinical factors on developmental health.
METHODS:We conducted a population-based cohort study in British Columbia, Canada, using linked health databases. The outcome was childhood development at 5 years of age, expressed as vulnerability on the Early Development Instrument (EDI).
RESULTS: MS-affected parents (n = 783) were older, more likely to be English speakers, and had higher rates of mental health morbidity (39.6% vs 22.2%, p < 0.001) than unaffected parents (n = 2988). 
Children of mothers with MS (aOR = 0.62, 95% CI = 0.44-0.87), but not children of the fathers with MS, had a lower risk of vulnerability on the social development domain of the EDI. However, mental health comorbidity (aOR = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.05-2.50) and physical comorbidity (aOR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.05-2.64) among mothers with MS were associated with increased vulnerability on the EDI.
CONCLUSION: Maternal MS, but not paternal MS, was associated with lower rates of developmental vulnerability on the social development domain. However, mental and physical comorbidity among MS-affected mothers were associated with increased developmental vulnerability in children.

The Early Development Instrument is a validated, population-based measure of early child development in five key domains (physical health, emotional maturity, social competence, language and cognitive skills, and communications skills and general knowledge). So what does this say? That if you look at children of parents with MS and mums make the difference and if mums are doing badly there are more risk of influneces on the children.

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