Children of depressed mothers in developing countries are 40% more likely to be underweight or stunted than those with mothers in good mental health, a study said.
More serious growth deficits were found in children of mothers with more severe depression, it said.
Children's growth affects their height as adults
The analysis was based on 17 studies of nearly 14,000 mothers and their small children carried out in Africa, Asia, and South America and the Caribbean. They included cases in Brazil, India and Nigeria.