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A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains

CELL PRESS, ’A prescription for touch: Early experiences shape preterm babies’ brains’, http://www.psypost.org/2017/03/prescription-touch-early-experiences-shape-preterm-babies-brains-48356, PsyPost (March 16, 2017)

Gentle touch

Measurements showed that preterm babies were more likely than full-term babies to have a reduced brain response to gentle touch. (…) The more painful medical procedures those premature infants had to endure, the less their brain responded to gentle touch later. (…) Surprised to find out that if babies experience more painful procedures early in life, their sense of gentle touch can be affected. (…) For new parents, including those whose young children must undergo difficult medical procedures, take heart: your touch matters than you know.

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