The Growing Up study highlighted the link between a baby’s development and the sensitivity shown by  its parents when interacting with the baby. It said parental stress was associated with depression,  with having a baby with a difficult temperament and not having adequate support.

Premature babies or babies with a low birth weight may be at risk of poorer developmental, according to the latest Growing Up in Ireland report publis(...)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs  Frances Fitzgerald. File Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The importance of early intervention to help parents raise their children was highlighted by Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald at the launch of(...)

Report shows that “even from a very young age, the sensitivity that parents show when interacting with their babies is important for their development.” Photograph: Jose Luis Pelaez/Blend/Getty

Greater supports for parents with depression or stress and more help for women at risk of giving birth to premature or low birth-weight babies are rec(...)