Study Proves Hugging Your Baby Helps Their Brain Development
Proud parents are known for posting pics of their kids and babies to Facebook, sharing growth milestones with friends and family, and for showering their little ones in hugs and kisses.
If you're the type of parent who just can't stop giving the hugs and cuddles to your babies then we've got news for you - you could actually be helping your child's development!
A recent survey from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio was conducted to find out how well both premature and full-term babies responded to being touched.
The results showed that babies who were given more affection showed stronger responses in their brains, whether it was a parent or the hospital staff showering them with love.
The study also showed that premature babies responded less to affection than babies who had been carried to full term.
According to neonatologist and research investigator Dr. Nathalie Maitre, this means that simple body contact can go a long way when it comes to the development of your baby's brain.
Speaking about the importance of cuddles to Science Daily, Nathalie said: "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."
Parents recently praised a man who 'breastfed' his newborn with a fake nipple when his partner was too unwell to do it herself.
Maxamillian Neubauer and his wife April welcomed their baby girl into the world with open arms, and he posted pics of himself 'feeding' his baby girl to his Instagram, adding: "Due to complications during @aprillynn416 emergency c-section.
"This super rad nurse made a epically killer offer, and I was fortunate enough to slap on a suction cup fake nipple.
"Being the first to breast feed da [sic] baby!!!!! 'I did it for the moms' Eat your heart out!!"
Never forget to cuddle and hug your babies as much as you like - it's good for their health!
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