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Why Do Children Need Hugs?

A hug is the sweetest and simplest form to show your love and affection to your child. Hug your child and show her how much you love her. Know why it is important to hug your child every day.

Today even doctors believe that love and care helps in healing and recovering faster from any kind of disease or problem in life. There are different kinds of therapies and one of them is hug therapy.  Therefore, you must learn why your child needs your hugs and how hug therapy can aid in your child’s development.

Research studies have shown that hugging is a great healer. Along with helping people come out of depression, loneliness and stress, it also helps in healing different kinds of sickness. Well, here the researchers believe in proper hug and not a formal one. When you hug your child it should be heart pressing with her heart and then it works. Let us take a look at some reasons why your child may need your hugs.

Reasons Why Children Need Hugs

Here are some reasons why your child may need your hugs.

1. Your hug can help your child develop confidence and helps her feel safe and secure. If it is done along with an honest communication, it works wonders.

2. Hugs can immediately make your child happy even if she is angry or suffering from loneliness, anxiety or depression.

3. Hugs are compared with meditation and laughter and are believed to be even more effective than these therapies.

4. Hugs show that love flows from both the ways. It is equally given and taken.

5. Your hug can make your child feel relaxed and can help to release her tension almost instantly.

6. If you lengthen the time of the hug you will find that your child’s mood is improved and has made her happier.

7. Hugs help strengthen immune system and can keep your child free from any disease making her healthy.

8. Hugs are even considered as self esteem boosters. When a child is born and brought up in a loving family her level of self worth is found higher. This is because right from the birth the child knows that she is loved and is special. Hugs help us love ourselves.

9. Hugs help balance the nervous system by relaxing and exchange of moisture and electricity of the skins of both the person who are hugging each other.

10. Hugs help strengthen relationships and the main reason behind this is the exchange of energy between the two people. It boosts compassion and understanding between the two.

No matter how old she is, she will certainly get boosted up and you will see the sudden change in her mood when you hug her. In fact it is believed that if you get or give an extended hug to your child or spouse, it will provide a health boost to mind, body as well as spirit.

Health Benefits of Hugging

Let us take a look at some health benefits of hugging.
  • Releases oxytocin, a hormone that makes you feel good

  • Helps fight diseases

  • Gives good sleep

  • Boosts memory

  • Improves honest communication

  • Lowers stress and anxiety

  • Lowers risk of heart problems
When it comes to newborns, doctors believe that hugs help them grow better. In fact, some doctors believe that children without physical holding and affection might not even survive. No matter how disturbed your small child is, if you give her a hug, she would calm down in few seconds.

As soon as one enters adulthood need of physical affection is most often confused with sexuality which keeps one deprive of this amazing healer. However, researches have shown that our physical well being depends largely on our emotional health. Doctors say that touch affects the area of the brain from where positive emotions come from. Hence feeling of trust and affection is released when one hugs another person.

In addition to health benefits, hugging helps in improving and strengthening relationships also. Both you and your child will find stability and comfort with an extended hug.

Why do children need hugs? What are the benefits of hugging children every day? How can hugging a child help to deal with various parenting issues? Discuss here.

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Malti.1 year ago
A parents hug has magical powers and we must not deprive our children from it.
Amish.1 year ago
I agree with you. I still feel good when my mother hugs me.
Amish.1 year ago
And I will always feel the same...
Sneha.1 year ago
Hugging children is very important to make them feel secure.
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