Are you one of these parents who is always hugging and squeezing your children? If the answer is yes, then do not stop doing what you are doing!
According to a new study, physical affection during the baby’s developmental period is much more important than many people thought.
I already wrote before about how important is to calm your baby in your arms when they are crying. This is really ridiculous to think that we will spoil our babies if we hold them “too much”.
So here you have, again, a scientific proof to the fact, that not only you shouldn’t avoid from holding your baby, but you should do it as much as possible!
The more you hold and hug your baby, the more his brain grows. This according to a study from Ohio Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the United States.
125 children, preterm infants, and healthy babies were included in the study. The research examined how they responded to physical contact.
The results showed that babies who received more physical contact from their parents or hospital staff showed a stronger brain response. What was also revealed was that premature infants responded less to contact than healthy babies. Therefore, they need even more hugs to trigger a response.
According to the lead researcher, Dr. Nathalie L. Maitre, the latest discovery teaches us that a simple thing – physical contact, hugs or swinging the baby in your arms – can make a big difference in their brain development.
“It is very important that preterm infants receive positive contact, such as skin to the skin by the parents, because it is essential for their brain response in ways similar to that of infants inside their mother’s womb,” Maitre told to Science Daily.
Overall, physical affection is essential for brain development. So hold and hug and squeeze your babies as much as possible – and do not forget to share this research to show everyone how important it is to love our kids.