Hugging is not only a show of affection; mom’s hug may do a lot more than putting a smile on the little one’s face. It can boost immunity, stabilize heart rate, maintain body temperature and even reduce crying and stress of the baby, according to experts.
Hugging relaxes the body and has therapeutic effects that help a child sleep better. Hugging your child will make them feel relaxed and safe as the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decrease with this physical expression of love.
Snuggles and cuddles in which the participants’ hearts get pressed against each other boost the immunity by promoting the production of white blood cells by stimulating the thymus gland. This will help to keep your child healthy and free from diseases.
Hugging increases levels of the oxytocin, which is beneficial for stress levels, heart health and more. The neuropeptide oxytocin, released by your pituitary gland, is a naturally occurring hormone in your body with incredibly powerful, health-giving properties.
The skin contains a network of tiny, egg-shaped pressure centers called Pacinian corpuscles that can sense touch and which are in contact with the brain through the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve winds its way through the body and is connected to a number of organs, including the heart.
It is also connected to oxytocin receptors. One theory is that stimulation of the vagus triggers an increase in oxytocin, which in turn leads to the cascade of health benefits.
It is also a key reason why the simple act of hugging is such an incredible way to not only bond with others but also boost your physical and emotional health.