Day Care Increases Stress Hormone Levels in Kids

by Kathy Jones on  September 12, 2011 at 7:18 PM Child Health News
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Children who are placed in day care centers by their parents may have higher stress hormone levels in their body which could lead to further health complications in the future.
 Day Care Increases Stress Hormone Levels in Kids
Day Care Increases Stress Hormone Levels in Kids

The research was carried out by Dr Aric Sigman, who is a fellow at the Royal Society of Medicine. Dr Sigman wrote in his report, titled Mother Superior? The Biological Effects Of Day Care, that more than 75 percent of the children placed in day cares displayed higher levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone.

He added that the high levels of stress hormone could have both short and long term health implications including heart disease later in the child's life.

"The effects of day-care on the child continue to be discussed through the prism of adult sexual politics and women's rights. This has been a significant impediment, involving a serious conflict of interest: Women's rights and self-fulfilment are not the same issue as a child's well-being and may often compete for precedence", he said.

Source: Medindia

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