How a hug can help your child

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According to Emily Mudd, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic Children’s, when we hug our children, it actually helps them regulate their emotions and helps their brains develop.

‘We know that even from the moment we’re born, that touch, physical touch, attention, and hugs, are so very important for both nervous system regulation, and brain development,’ she said. ‘From the moment we’re born, we talk about kangaroo care and the importance of skin-to-skin contact and that really continues through childhood.’

Dr. Mudd says research has shown that when we receive a hug, our brains release oxytocin, which is the ‘feel good’ brain chemical.”

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