Scientists Have Proved the More You Cuddle Your Baby the More Benefits There’ll Be
We love our children more than anything in the world and wish them only good. Yet there's still an opinion that if we hold them in our arms too often, we can "spoil" them. Now you have an argument for any annoying relative who says that if you hug a child every time you or they want it, they'll grow up to be a "cry baby."
Bright Side shows you the research data that proves hugs are vital for children's development.
The research published in Current Biology journal was conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Scientists studied the reactions of 125 babies and concluded that embraces form a special feeling in the baby's brain. It's necessary for establishing social and emotional relations as well as for the timely development of the nervous system.
Since the visual system of the newborn is still immature, its development depends heavily on touch and sound.
To see how newborns respond to touch, the researchers measured their brains' responses.
The more private contact the baby had with their parents and close people, the more they reacted to the touch and vice versa.
One of the researchers, Dr. Nathalie Maitre, says, "A gentle touch, especially skin on skin, is just one of the most important things parents can do for their babies."