Thursday, June 20, 2013

Day Care May Be Good for Kids' Mental Health

A preschool boy plays with blocks.
Day care may reduce the risk of emotional problems in children at high risk of such problems, according to a new study from Canada.

The researchers found that among children of women with symptoms of depression, those who went to day care had fewer emotional problems, and were less likely to show social withdrawal and separation anxiety symptoms, compared with children who were in their mother's care.

The age that children began going to day care didn't the change the results. Preschool children who started attending day care showed benefits similar to those who started younger.

Previous studies show that kids whose mothers have symptoms of depression are at a higher risk of mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, during childhood and adolescence. However, it's not fully understood how mothers affect their children.

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