Can Your Birth Season Make You Schizophrenic?

You wouldn’t think so, but according to recent research by the Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics, yes, it can, along with anorexia nervosa and other disorders.

Researcher Lahiru Handunnetthi found “an excess of anorexia births in the spring months compared to the general population.” Other disorders that are linked to spring birth are schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and Type 1 diabetes.

They’re not absolutely sure why birth season can affect everything from your eyesight to your eating habits to your longevity to your overall health for the rest of your life, though they’re looking at environmental influences and seasonal infections as possible causes.

Okay. Here we go. Babies born in the fall have a higher risk of having food allergies–and greater longevity. Babies born in November and December have a higher incidence of eczema and wheezing.

Summer and Winter

Summer babies are more susceptible to moderate and severe nearsightedness. I’m a winter baby, so I was quite curious to see what they had learned about us cold-weather cuties. Here’s all they said: Mice born in winter were less able to adapt to a summer light-cycle (I’m not a big fan of summer!), which could be related to the increased risk of mental health disorders in humans born in winter.

Well, that explains a lot.

Should you be worried about which season your baby’s born?  I wouldn’t be.  Like always, you simply deal with whatever life throws at you–and anything is possible! Babies come out totally fine in every season, so celebrate spring babies and all the wonderful things about them with equally wonderful spring baby gifts!