The way you supposed to touch your baby

Loving Touch has a power

Although we all know the large implication of touch in infancy, recent studies found an important criterion of touch that affects the baby’s brain.

Maternal touch is very important to shape a social brain development of an infant, but does all touch work?

Touching (https://flic.kr/p/6VXjP) by Lisa Ruokis

Unfortunately, being in a hurry or may be distracted doesn’t guarantee an effective touch to your baby’s brain. Your little one has the ability to differentiate between kinds of your touch on his/her skin. The slow-moving and gentle touch is likely to have a great impact on the baby’s brain more than the faster one.

“The newborn brain already has another way of processing the more social touch, if it is compared with the less social one,” Emma Jansson says, a doctoral student at the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology.

 

How important is that?

Positive effects of touch have been demonstrated for a wide range of creatures, from worm larvae to rat pop to human babies. Animals are being used to illustrate body interactions underlying these effects. By understanding that, strategies can be developed to help babies in their development.

Between a mother and a newborn, the first relationship is formed where interactions between them constitute up to 30% of the time. Touch offers the first means of interaction with the world. Researchers approved that infants who experience more physical contact show increased in the mental development. They show that deprivation of social stimuli like touch results in the cognitive and socio-emotional deficits for children. There is a big focus on the stimuli of the effective touch using a brush that delivers the stroking, compared with non-affective one.

 

How did they measure it?

The study included 16 infants with the age of two months. Using soft brush strokes with different speeds, infants were subjected to tactile stimulus on their arms. Elastic bandages rounded their head to hold the measuring device in place. This device measures blood flow in the brain.

What they found is the highly gently strokes have a high reaction on their brain activation than ungentle ones.

Our sense of touch is the only language to interact with our little ones and stimulate their emotions. So shying away from such interaction would affect their growth. As we know their needs for touch from an early age, it is necessary to pay attention to the quality of such touch; The most effective and social touch is essential for normal development.

 


4 Responses to “The way you supposed to touch your baby”

  1. Abeer Alshehri says:

    Love ur story so much, it’s really touched me

  2. Abeer Alshehri says:

    The research surely has a detailed description of the method used, but for the simplicity, I was tried to deliver the main finding (the effect of such touch on babies).
    thanks for ur interest:)

  3. mdunwoodie says:

    How different was the response to gently versus ungentle strokes on the brain? Surely there is some kind of response for all stimulus – have you seen any other methods used?

  4. Bree Iredale says:

    Thank you for posting this, it really resonated with me.
    I was born 3 months (12 weeks) premature and so it meant i had to spend 8 weeks in a humidicrib (incubator) in hospital, surrounded by nothing but tubes and machines. I also contracted ‘golden staph’ infection during that time and was quarantined. I have often wondered what the effects of having no touch, minimal family contact and sterile surrounding, are on a baby.
    I think this research has a lot of potential.