Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%

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Daycare lowers leukemia risk by 30%
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Wed, 04-30-2008 - 11:15pm

Someone on another board posted this. Does anyone have thoughts on it? Thirty percent is quite a significant difference!

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=e6217e73-51f1-4116-bb6b-d9eae1525dea&k=28669&p=1

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Thu, 05-01-2008 - 2:59am
That is very interesting. I wonder though if it is a matter of infections. The more I look at how little kids develop and learn, the more I am convinced that being part of a larger community (larger than just the family) is important for all kinds of development and good health that go way beyond learning to take turns with the red crayon. Given the way so many people live in contexts that do not naturally provide a daily feeling of community, daycare may be one way to achieve that for kids.
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Thu, 05-01-2008 - 10:34am

I think that you might be on to something. People are communal beings. The way that we are grouped into nuclear families here in America (and maybe most industrial societies since at least one of the studies was done in England) is not the norm world wide. It would be interesting if similar studies were done in non-industrial societies/countries and then compare the results.

Chris

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Thu, 05-01-2008 - 11:28am

Yes, that is what I am thinking. There was that horrendous story in the last few days of the Austrian father who imprisoned his dd and fathered 7 kids with her in the dungeon under his house. In any event, 3 of the kids have always lived in the dungeon. 2 of them, the 2 boys, speak an odd language of their own invention and have trouble speaking standard Austrian/German. This in spite of the fact that their mother can speak normally and told them stories all the time and the fact that they had TV.

It reminded me of when dd was small (under 2, and probably closer to 1) and dealing with two languages in her immediate environment. Clearly she was tuning in to the surroundings to decide which language to start speaking in, and she picked the one that was dominant in her greater environment. Apparently this is quite common with bilingual kids and shows that even very small children are very clued into community.

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Thu, 05-01-2008 - 11:54am
OT- But I think it's amazing how little kids pick up language skills. When I was in Munich, I rode the street car one day with a pre-school class. The little kids were talking to each other in German and to their teachers in French. It was amazing to me that even 3 or 4 year olds knew exactly which language to speak with whom.
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Thu, 05-01-2008 - 2:25pm
Yep, which is another aspect of how attuned kids are to the surrounding community. My little nephew was funny though. He did not leave the house much and as a result he had two languages- the home language and "other." Anything not his home language got put in the "other" category, so when I tried to speak to him in Danish, he would answer in a funny gibberish that was a mix of Danish and English (the two non-home languages he heard most often).
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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 6:24am

I am not sure about this. I think it is a weak argument in support of daycare. I would not put my child in daycare all day just b/c of this article.

I also wanted to point out that they article did not just mention daycre.. They also mentioned playgroups, etc.




Edited 5/2/2008 6:25 am ET by debbiemom2girls
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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 8:26am
I wonder if this could also be an argument in favor of vaccines? Vaccines
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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:09am

"It is quite interesting to me how they draw what I consider to be sensationalized conclusions from these studies."

How do you mean?

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Registered: 03-12-2005
Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:12am
When they say daycare lowers risk of childhood leukemia, when in reality it isn't daycare per se, but early exposure to germs to build the immune system.
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Fri, 05-02-2008 - 9:33am
thank you,nurse ;)......i despise studies like these - studies that narrow research to just groups of ppl.

 

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