Every parent wants their child to be the smartest one among their friends, in class, and everywhere they go. Parents do countless things in order to make sure that their children are intelligent and are nurturing their potential as much as they can. It all starts when their kid is just an infant. Many parents try to provide tools to sharpen intelligence. A new research now states that one of the best and easiest ways to boost your child's intelligence is by making sure you give them enough hugs. According to this, hugging, as a form of physical affection, when the child is in their developmental stage is very important. The affection in the form of touch that these babies get triggers their brains to grow, and helps them become smarter. The research was conducted in 2017 and was done by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.
Everyone knows that physical affection is beneficial, especially in the case of premature babies. This is not a new concept. The benefits of physical affection are said to last for years. In fact, maternal skin-to-skin contact was found to enhance prematurely born infants' physiological organization and cognitive control for the first 10 years of life.
A survey conducted in 2017 reveals that hugging is way more powerful than most of us thought it was. The research survey was conducted on 125 babies where their reactions to physical touch were studied closely. The research studied both pre-term and full-term babies and analyzed how light physical touch affects their brain development, along with their perception, cognition, and social development. The researchers discovered that supportive experiences such as breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, affectionate hugs, helped trigger brain responses which aid in the growth of the brain in a faster and more healthy manner. It also showed that painful experiences such as skin punctures and tube insertions hindered the brains development to the same touch stimuli.