Why Your Kids Become Stressed After 8 Hours In Childcare, Babysitters
Every person on earth could feel stress. Even kids. Yet, amid the similarities, each person have a different reason why they are experiencing stress. Fortunately, moms could worry no more, as a study sheds light on why their kids feel stress after coming home from daycare.
According to Science Daily, a study published in the Early Child Development and Care assessed young Norwegian children with ages around one year to 18 months. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology then looked at 112 toddlers to measure their cortisol (the hormone that indicates stress) while in daycare. In which the toddlers attending six different municipalities have been assessed after five to six months of entering.
Hence, the study had found out that children who spent 8-9 hours at daycare have an increased level of cortisol. Toddlers who remain at home were then identified to have steady cortisol or declines. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology's RKBU Central Norway, RBUP East & South and the University of Oslo then identified that children exhibit high cortisol when 8-9 hours of their day are spent in daycare. Meanwhile, those kids who had spent less than seven or seven hours have shown no increased cortisol.
'Young children who are not very competent socially and don't have good language skills suffer stress in childcare. They miss their parents, being separated from them, and it is hard for them in daycare, as it would be with a babysitter,” study’s lead author Professor Mary Britt Drugli stated on Daily Mail.
Yet, she also advised that parents could mitigate the stress of their children by spending more time with them. She also said that the stress that those children experienced aren't still identified whether harmful or not. The children’s saliva were also said to be measured their saliva was measured for cortisol in the morning and mid-afternoon (around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.)
Nonetheless, the study advised that parents should take this study with caution since they further need a larger investigation. The researchers also said that they would need a larger group of participants to examine broader differences between each of them.
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