In a study conducted, it was determined that a hug from an infants parents was much more soothing to the infant than a hug from a stranger. When infants were studied their heart rates were monitored, as well as the parents heart rates, and it was determined that both parents and babies both relax when they are hugging each other. The results were pitted up against monitoring the heart rate of babies when they were held by complete strangers, and it was determined that a hug from a parent is more soothing.
- While all parents love hugging their kids, there have been few studies on the effect of hugs.
- The study shows that hugs have a large effect on kids, especially those from parents.
- Surprisingly, kids who were already calm still showed a good response to the hugs.
“. A study appearing April 7 in the journal iScience examined heart rate responses in infants less than one year old during a hug and found that children as young as four months experience greater heart rate slowing during a hug than a hold — and during a hug from their parent as compared to a hug from a stranger.”