A full hug has been touted to bring with it more than just a deep-seated feeling of connection with others as disclosed in the past few years. A regular warm embrace is said to entail several health benefits.
In fact, according to research conducted by researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 people with more perceived greater social support and hug more often are 32 percent less susceptible to developing a common cold.
Hugging reduces the stress that is often responsible for compromising immunity levels
After all, hugging is a marker of intimacy that helps generate feelings strong enough to help people in the face of adversity, claims lead author of the study Sheldon Cohen.
Turns out that hugging your baby can bring with it a host of health benefits that most of us may have been overlooking up until now. Our very own celebrity’s behavioural patterns over their babies are a testimony to the fact that babies benefit and therefore need to physically intimate with their mothers.
“Your heart doesn’t beat inside you, it is outside in someone else’s body. When you look at your baby, you realise that.” — Kareena Kapoor pic.twitter.com/26pKzQGG4J — Kareena Kapoor Khan (@KareenaUpdates) February 6, 2017
Celebrity mother Mira Rajput would rather stay at home than be away from her baby, and actress Kareena Kapoor Khan took no time in getting back to the groove after her son was born. Here’s why you need to spend quality time hugging your baby as much as possible.
Prerna Kohli, a Clinical Psychologist, associated with Huggies throws some light on the emotional benefits of hugging your baby:
Makes them sleep better Snuggle your child for a couple of minutes before they doze off, to ensure a good sleep for child and yourself. Hugging relaxes the body and has a therapeutic effect that helps a child sleep better.
Reduces stress A child who is hugged feels relaxed and safe as their levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases with this physical expression of love.
An important point that a Huggies survey highlighted was that 90 per cent doctors and experts believe that a newborn child can recognise their mother’s hug. They can identify their mother by engaging their primary instincts and senses, such as recognising her scent and voice.
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Sharad Tandon a Cardiologist at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon speaks about a few little known scientific benefits of hugs for your little one
Boosts immunity Snuggles and cuddles in which the participants’ hearts get pressed against each other boosts the immunity by promoting the production of white blood cells by stimulating the thymus gland. This helps keep your child healthy and free from diseases.
Helps to heal Do you know that hugs help heal diseases? This again is attributed to the release of oxytocin. That’s why parents of premature babies are encouraged to have skin-on-skin contact to help them grow and develop. Experts swear by the theory that a mother who recently conceived heals quickly after delivery if she is immediately left with her baby undisturbed.
With inputs from IANS