The Power of Touch
According to TODAY, for babies, human touch is a brain booster. Analyzing 125 preterm and full-term infants, scientists also found that preemies experienced lowered brain response to gentle touch in the aftermath of painful medical procedures.
“We all know in our daily lives how important touch is, but for babies … it’s also a scaffold to building their brains,” said study author Dr. Nathalie Maitre. She’s director of the NICU follow-up clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
“Pain and touch don’t go through the same nerves,” Maitre added. “We didn’t expect how the painful procedures and experience of pain would have an effect on how babies would process gentle touch.”