Head to the pet shop.
Get your child a pet. Having one protects a child from anxiety and according to studies, with a pet dog (or any other pet for that matter, although the subjects of the study had dog for a pet) a child increases confidence and has lower stress level. It could be because a pet encourages interaction, which helps reduce anxiety.
This is something parents should look into, considering that most parents are busy with their jobs and often leave the children to the care of the nanny or relatives and even child care center. A pet as an added companion would be good for the child’s well-being.
To learn more about this, please read below article from Medical News Today.
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Children with pets have less stress
A pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How can pets help mental health?
Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) with dogs reduces anxiety and arousal, alleviates separation anxiety and enhances attachment in children, thereby improving mental health and reducing developmental disorders.
Can a dog help improve BMI and anxiety?
In the current study, researchers from Bassett Medical Center in New York investigated the hypothesis that pet dogs are positively associated with healthy weight and mental health among children.
Less stress for children with dogs
The researchers suggest:
“Interacting with a friendly dog also reduces cortisol levels, most likely through oxytocin release, which lessens physiologic responses to stress. These hormonal effects may underlie the observed emotional and behavioral benefits of animal-assisted therapy and pet dogs.”
–by Yvette Brazier
To read the full article, please go to Medical News Today.