We all want our children to develop in healthy persons mentally and physically. Well it has been scientifically revealed that those children that got their regular hug from their parents are smarter kids.
Hugging is a way how to express physical affection and it is very important for the babies according to the findings of the researchers. This way of expressing love is crucial during the developmental period of the baby. Namely, the offered affection through touch stimulates the growth of their brains which eventually will make them smarter.
The researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio conducted a study on how the touch affects the babies. In this study were involved 125 babies, born both preterm and full-term and they were offered light physical touch on daily basis. The researchers analyzed how it affects them in terms of brain development, perception, cognition, and social development.
According to the findings of researchers, early and gentle affection from parents and caregivers offers positively and lasting effects for the brain. Hence, it is highly recommended to offer pre-term babies gentle hugs as they find them very pleasant and that helps in stimulating positive brain responses.
Dr. Nathalie Maitre, the lead researcher of the study, stated the following:
“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.”
The human body has many senses, but the sense for touch is the first sense to develop. Researchers have discovered that supportive experiences such as skin-to-skin care, breastfeeding, and affectionate hugs stimulate strong brain responses that contribute to faster and healthier development of the brain.
Therefore, once the baby comes to this world, the first contact is the skin-to-skin contact that guides the baby towards breastfeeding. In the first hour the baby needs to be held which will regulate its heartbeat, body temperature, and pattern of breathing. However, if in this period the baby experiences skin punctures and tube insertions that would impede the brain responses to the same touch stimuli.
The results of this survey conveyed that the babies who experienced more affection from their parents or hospital staff had enhanced brain response. As per Dr. Nathalie Maitre, the body contact to your baby is extremely important as that helps your baby brain to develop better. There is nothing wrong in holding your baby or gently rocking it in your arms.
Fortunately, most of the parents already have the natural urge to hug their children and offer them a bunch of it. Researchers, on the other hand, are always trying to provide the right explanation in the ways how our brain assimilates touch in regard to our development.
The scientific explanation is one more reason to continue to hug your babies and be gentle with them as in that way you are contributing to the development of their brain.
Each human being craves for love and affection, especially our children no matter of their age period.