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Hug me, Mom, Dad, or the impact of touch on child development

Hug me, Mom, Dad, or the impact of touch on child development



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Hugging is important. How much can be evidenced by the fact that even a field of science called psychoimmunology was created, dealing with, among others examining the role of touch in the healing process. According to specialists, it can help in the treatment of autism in children and supports the proper development of premature babies. A specific form of touch is massage. In medicine, we distinguish many types of massages: therapeutic, relaxing, sports (e.g. preparing muscles for effort) or therapeutic. They are designed to soothe, relieve stress, relax, but also improve our physical health. The need for touch, tenderness, hugs is extremely strong and accompanies us throughout our lives.

First touch

Touch for a newborn baby is something priceless. Direct contact with the mother's skin just after birth gives him sense of security. A hug child, feeling the scent of a woman and the warmth of her skin, and hearing her heartbeat, calms down and stops crying. Because his eyes are still very poorly developed (the newborn sees 20-30 cm away, only blurred spots appear) the other senses are sharpening.

By touch, just like smell, taste and hearing, the child learns the worldwhile still in my mother's stomach. According to specialists, it is this sense that develops first.

Shortly after birth, the baby's most sensitive parts are lips, tongue and fingertips. And so it remains for the first few months when the toddler explores the surroundings through a characteristic gesture of putting everything in his mouth. He also does this with his hands and feet, thus getting to know his own body. Then it is thanks to touch that it learns to distinguish between cold, warm, wet, dry, shape, texture and material of surrounding objects.

Touch plays a huge role not only in learning and learning about the environment, but also in raising the immunity of the immune system.

Studies confirm that children deprived of parental closeness develop less well and get sick more often.

A huge role is attributed to touch in supporting the development of premature babies. Premature babies often spend the first weeks and sometimes months of their lives in an incubator, undergoing many medical procedures to save their health and even life. Doctors confirm that affectionate motherly touch can work wonders and urge that - despite the difficulties associated with prematurity of the child - use every moment to stroke the toddler.

The gentle, loving touch of parents makes the child calms down, calms down and, as a result, heals faster and develops better. It also helps to alleviate the stress that a small person undoubtedly feels, exposed to continuous, sometimes several months of medical interference. That is why it is worth as often as possible bestow newborn affection. Stroke, hug, massage. This can be done while performing ordinary, everyday activities such as changing, changing, bathing.

Let's remember that our movements were smooth, calm, gentle and our hands were warm. Tummy massage can soothe a baby in the event of colic or other digestive problems. Stroking the child's body stimulates his senses, relaxes, calms down, gives a sense of security, satisfies the need for contact and closeness. During the massage you can use special oils or olives. It is not recommended to perform toddler massage right after a meal or when the toddler is tired, hungry or irritable.

Hug me, mother!

Touch also has a positive effect development of intelligence. People who are often stroked and cuddled come to increased connections between nerve cells, which has a significant impact on the ease of remembering, the speed of logical thinking and associating facts, and as a result on the level of our IQ.

Older children, like newborns, need to be able to develop properly daily dose of parental sensitivity. Let's try not to limit contact with our child to mechanically perform activities related to the care and care of him. For touch is something else, aimed at, for example, disguising a baby, and a warm embrace, which is an expression of sincere, parental love.