Some parents aren’t huggers, and this could be because they weren’t really hugged as kids themselves. This article explores the reason why these parents should hug their children. However, if you are a hugger, then you are on the right track. Don’t stop hugging them even if other people feel that you are spoiling them.
Results gotten from recent research shows that showing affection to your kids regarding touches, hugs, and kisses would help them develop in an excellent way. This pertains mostly to babies. The physical signs of affection are vital in a baby’s development.
Results recieved from a survey conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio states that the development of a child’s brain is directly proportional to the number of hugs and physical affection the parents give.
For this research, about 125 baby’s with different pregnancy terms were chosen. Some were premature while others had been carried to a full term. The study was engineered to find out how well babies responded to being touched, hugged or cuddled.
The results differed according to the babies. The premature babies did not respond as well to physical affection as the babies who were carried to a full term. Another very noticeable difference was that babies who were exposed to more touches and cuddles from both parents and hospital staff had a better brain response than those who didn’t.
Dr. Nathalie Maitre, a researcher, ascertained from this results that body contact is an essential part of a child’s development. The body contact could be something as simple as cuddling, a kiss on the head, or a hug and yet, this simple action would have a positive impact on the development of their brains.
In an interview with Science Daily, Dr. Maitre says,
“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,”
What this means is that love is important for the well-being and development of the brain. So even at the risk of seemingly spoiling your kids, hug them, cuddle them, rock them and help their brains develop better. Share this article to keep other mothers aware of the power of physical affection.