Health Center Starts ‘Hug Program’ To Provide Cuddles To

Health Center Starts ‘Hug Program’ To Provide Cuddles To Infants Whose Parents Are Unavailable

Family & Kids

March 19, 2019 16:09 By Mambee

For several people, a hug is like medicine. And whether it's a sad or a stressful day, this ‘magic embrace’ is capable of easing those nerve rackings.

Of course, many people share hugs for fun and intimacy. However, research has shown that hugging has many health advantages, particularly when it comes to kids.

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For the little ones, It stimulates the production of oxytocin, which aids growth, helps in mental development, increases interaction, and help to regulate mood swings.

With all the benefits listed above, the importance of hugs can't be overemphasized.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Unfortunately, it is often overlooked.

Thankfully, officials of the Genesis Health are aware of this and have devised a way to keep the cuddles always available with this new program.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Genesis Health launches the Cuddle Program

Having a baby is one of the best things that could happen to a mom or dad, but it could also be time-consuming, especially if the baby has to be retained for a while in the hospital.

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The parents may not always be available to take care of the toddler, and when essentials such as ‘hugs’ are needed, that becomes a problem.

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Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was apprehensive about this, and their solution to it is one that's got the internet buzzing.

The health center started a program that allows volunteers who are willing to cuddle the little ones do so when parents are not available.

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Surprisingly, it won't be the first time this idea is put into practice, as several hospitals are beginning to adopt this approach.

The reason for this isn't far-fetched, considering the importance of cuddles to the development of toddlers.

Another instance of the cuddling program

A similar case whereby the same approach was adopted is at the Prenatal Center of the Hospital Idaho.

Here, volunteers are given special training so they can cuddle and spend time with infants who were born before the expected time.

Well, maybe sometime soon the program can be operated on a large scale, and hugs may be made available for everyone who needs them.

And to all parents out there, don't forget to steal a cuddle with your kids whenever you get a chance. It does a lot to help them.

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