There are parents who spend lots and lots of time hugging and cuddling their kids. Guess what? They are nailing parenting incredibly!
Physical affection during the developmental period of the baby is even more important than we anticipated, new research has shown.
According to a recent survey carried out at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, the more you hug a baby, the more their brains grow.
125 babies born both premature and full-term were included in the study. The study looked at how physical touch affected their brain development, perception, cognition, and social development.
The results showed that premature babies responded to affection less than babies who were not born premature.
They also found out that babies that were subjected to more affection by parents or hospital staff showed stronger brain response.
Supportive experiences like breastfeeding and skin-to-skin care also triggered strong brain responses which allowed the brain to develop faster and more healthily.
According to lead researcher Dr. Nathalie Maitre, something as simple as body contact or rocking your baby in your arms will make a big difference in how their brains develop.
“Making sure that preterm babies receive positive, supportive touch such as skin-to-skin care by parents is essential to help their brains respond to gentle touch in ways similar to those of babies who experienced an entire pregnancy inside their mother’s womb,” Maitre tells Science Daily.
In summary, affection is very important for the development of the brain. So, cuddle and hug your babies as much as you want to and as long as you can.
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