Are you the kind of family that always hugs your children? If the answer is yes, don’t stop doing what you’re doing.
According to fresh research, physical contact during the developmental period of a baby’s growth is even more essential than we assumed.
According to the latest study from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, the more you hold a child, the more their heads develop. 125 Babies, both early and full-term, were included in the research, which examined how well they were physically affected.
The findings suggested that premature babies reacted less to emotion than children who were not born prematurely. However, what was also found was that children who were more affected by relatives or hospital employees showed greater brain reaction.
According to scientist Dr. Nathalie Maitre, this last revelation informs us that something as easy as body contact or rocking your child in your hands will create a large distinction in how your 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 said.
Basically, affection is essential to the brain’s growth. So, cuddle and hug your babies as much as you can – and don’t hesitate to discuss this study to demonstrate everyone out there how essential it is to love our kids!