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“Jaadu ki Jhappi”: Mother’s Hug can boost immunity in her baby, say Scientists

About 76 per cent physicians feel that a mother's hug can improve the baby's immunity.

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A mother and her child. Upi.com

New Delhi, April 11, 2017: Diaper company Huggies surveyed over 2,000 moms and 500 medical professionals in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata with the aim of unfolding the power of a hug between a mother and her baby.

It was found that a mother’s hug can boost immunity, stabilize heart rate and maintain body temperature of the baby, say doctors in a survey which shows that an embrace does more than simply putting a smile on your little one’s face.

About 76 per cent physicians feel that a mother’s hug can improve the baby’s immunity.
a hug is nothing less than a miracle tonic that can stabilise the baby’s heart rate, strengthen the immune system, increase oxygen levels, and even reduce crying and stress, the company said.

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A mother’s embrace initiates a cascade of hormones that can help in regulating the body temperature as well.

About 85 per cent of doctors, in fact, encourage moms to embrace their children more often, given the health benefits these have for infants, mentioned PTI.

The survey also showed that despite the scientific backing and compelling research that supports the power of hugs, 80 per cent of mothers were not aware that hugging had health benefits for their little ones.

Even so, hugging their loved ones is an integral part of their bonding process. In fact, 90 per cent of Indian mother’s express love for their children by embracing them, and 91 per cent believe that hugging them seven to eight times a day helps ease their baby’s anxiety to a large extent.

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The survey states that 91 per cent of Indian moms also recall the first hug shared, and about 95 per cent said that they found immense relief and comfort when hugging their baby immediately after delivery.

“While most parents believe the benefits of hugs are purely emotional, this survey throws light on the numerous other benefits that stem from a simple embrace,” said Prerna Kohli, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist.

“Hugs help in the development and growth of babies in multiple ways. Apart from the feel-good factor hugs offer, they also assist in making the child more emotionally secure and helps them grow into confident toddlers,” Kohli said.

-prepared by Nikita Tayal of NewsGram Twitter @NikitaTayal6

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Applying Moisturisers on Babies Cannot Prevent Eczema

Using daily moisturisers cannot prevent eczema in newborn babies or infants

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Using daily moisturisers on newborn babies cannot prevent eczema as previously thought. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Researchers have found that using daily moisturisers on newborn babies cannot prevent eczema as previously thought according to health news.

Eczema is a very common skin problem affecting around one in five children in the UK. It usually starts in infancy, and a generally dry skin is often one of the first symptoms in babies who go on to develop the condition.

“Much progress has been made in recent years on the treatment of severe eczema, but the goal of preventing eczema from developing in the first place remains elusive,” said study lead author Hywel Williams from University of Nottingham in the UK.

Some healthcare workers recommend that parents regularly use moisturisers to prevent eczema in newborn babies.

According to the researchers, it is thought that a faulty skin barrier could be the first step in the development of eczema. Moisturisers improve skin barrier function by providing a covering to the outermost layer of skin and trapping in water.

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Some healthcare workers recommend that parents regularly use moisturisers to prevent eczema in newborn babies. (Representational Image). Pixabay

The aim of the Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention (BEEP) study was to determine whether such advice had any impact on preventing the development of eczema. For the findings, published in the journal The Lancet, the research team looked at 1394 newborn babies who were born to families with eczema, asthma or hayfever.

The babies were randomly split into two groups. One group was advised to apply moisturiser all over their babies every day until their first birthday. The other group was asked not to use moisturiser. Both the groups were given general skin care guidance.

The study found no evidence that the daily use of moisturiser during the first year of life could prevent eczema in the studied children. There was however, a small increase in the risk of skin infections. The results also showed early indications that daily use of these creams may increase the risk of food allergy.

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“Whilst this is disappointing for sufferers who thought that was an option for their children, we can now recommend that this advice is not given to parents and begin looking at what other possible preventative options there may be,” Williams said.

“It is important not to confuse our study on moisturisers for eczema prevention with the use of moisturisers for people who have eczema, where the evidence of benefit is much greater,” Williams added. (IANS)