Toddlers who have a depressed mom are more likely than other kids to develop behavior problems as they get older, studies show. But a new report finds that the risk of behavior issues, such as being overly aggressive, hyperactive, or withdrawn, can be reduced if toddlers spend just a few hours a day in formal day care.
The new study followed 438 Australian mothers and their children from infancy untill the kids were 5 years old. Overall, children raised by mothers who reported recurrent bouts of depression were almost four times as likely to exhibit behavior problems, including depression, anxiety, withdrawn behavior and aggression. But, half a day in day care significantly reduced the risk of these behavior problems developing by age 5, researchers reported in Pediatrics.
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