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Infant Health and the Importance of Touch

Skin is the largest of our sensory organs, developing at less than 8 weeks inside the womb. It develops far sooner than other sensory body parts, such as eyes and ears, meaning we are all born with a pretty highly developed sense of touch. For this reason, touch is an extremely important component of newborn care, providing huge benefits to almost all systems of the body, including circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nervous and respiratory.

Throughout the years, a number of studies have been completed on touch as it relates to infant health. Happy Valley pediatricians would like to share some of the specific health benefits found in such studies below:

  • Increase in production of serotonin
  • Decrease in cortisol levels
  • Better sleep
  • Alleviation of colic
  • Improved immune system function
  • Reduction of eczema symptoms
  • Improved behavioral, physiological and social development

To ensure that your baby receives the great health benefits associated with touch, such as those listed above, Happy Valley pediatricians recommend that you affectionately hold and cradle them often as part of your overall plan for newborn care.

While babies receive many health benefits from touch, it is important to note that parents do as well. Parents that hold and touch their babies often have reported lower levels of stress and depression as well as a stronger connection with their new family members.

If you are interested in learning more about newborn care and infant care in Phoenix to improve the total health of your baby, visit with the expert pediatricians at Pediatrix. Our physicians specializing in pediatrics in Phoenix AZ pride themselves on providing the highest level of specialized care to each and every child that comes into the office. We stay up-to-date on the latest treatments and procedures, and are able to provide you with important information as well as a number of different health resources. To schedule an appointment, call Pediatrix at (602) 866-0550 or contact us online.

Posted in Blog on July 18th, 2014