New Study Finally Settles the Debate on How Often You Should Hold Your Baby

The Power of Touch

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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.”

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Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.

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