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Touch Important to Babies

Research during the past several years tells us that babies cannot be spoiled by being held.

Infants are armed only with sounds to get our attention, so crying when they want to eat, or need a pat on the back, a clean diaper or some good company makes perfect sense. When we answer their calls quickly and attend to their needs lovingly, babies learn to trust their caregivers and their world. When infants need care, we handle them, we touch them, we hold them close.

Brain research continues to uncover more reasons we need to pay attention to the important role touch plays in child development, plus all of the other benefits of touch to babies, children and even grown-ups.

For additional information on parenting young babies and children, check out our website at  www.ag.ndsu.edu/cff. For information on research about holding infants and the impact on genes, visit https://tinyurl.com/holdinginfants.

Source: Kim Bushaw, NDSU Family Science Specialist, 701-231-7450,

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