New York: Kids whose moms smoked while pregnant were more likely to end up on medications such as antidepressants, stimulants and drugs for addiction in a new study from Finland that hints at maternal smoking`s effect on a baby`s developing brain.While the findings don`t prove that cigarette smoking during pregnancy causes changes in kids` brains or behavior, they offer one more piece of evidence that should encourage women not to light up while pregnant, the researchers wrote in the American Journal of Epidemiology.The new study is "entirely consistent with a large and still-growing research literature on the effects of prenatal and secondhand smoke exposure on the mental health of children," said Dr. Michael Weitzman, who studies that topic at New York University Medical Center and was not involved in the new study."I found it very interesting and very important," Weitzman said.The research, he added, is the first he knows of that looks specifically at use of psychiatric medications in kids whose moms had smoked.That`s important, the authors noted, because tracking medication prescriptions may pick up on more mild conditions than studies that only include kids who are hospitalized for mental illness, for example.Mikael Ekblad of Turku University Hospital and colleagues used Finnish data for 175,000 kids born in the country between 1987 and 1989.At that time, midwives had asked all new mothers if they smoked during pregnancy.
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