How a lack of touch can have biological ramifications

The science behind cuddling babies

Cuddling babies does more than simply make them  — and you — feel good. It actually appears to affect them at a molecular level.

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That's according to research that suggests early postnatal contact has lasting associations with child biology.

The study from a team of Canadian researchers notes that infants who lack physical contact are not only more distressed in general, but that this lack of affection may render them biologically immature.

Writing in the journal Development and Psychopathology the authors

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