Often Hug Your Baby Can Prevent Baby Blues

Baby blues syndrome affects about 80 percent of new mothers. Feelings of helplessness and irritability caused by this syndrome can even lead to depression. Prevent with more skin contact with the baby.

Hormonal changes and feeling prepared for a new role as a mother allegedly causes baby blues syndrome. Symptoms include feeling sad, anxious, compulsive thoughts, fears, and feelings of inadequacy.

If left untreated the condition can develop into depression (postpartum depression). Postpartum depression affects not only the mother but also the baby so that he is more susceptible to disruption of social, emotional, and cognitive.

According to a study in the Journal of Obstretic, Gynecological, and Neonatal Nursing, skin contact (skin to skin contact) between the baby and the mother may be an alternative therapy to overcome the baby blues without drugs.

Mothers who do skin contact 6 hours per day for one week postpartum, followed by skin contact 2 hours every day were found to have lower depressive symptoms.

For babies, hugging, touching or kissing will satisfy their need for human contact and enhance bonding. The activity also stimulates the hormone oxytocin in the mother spending. Babies and mothers also feel more relaxed and comfortable.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics says skin contact about 3 hours each day will reduce the frequency of crying babies. This in turn will reduce the mother's stress. Babies can also sleep better and longer.

Exercise also plays an important role in reducing the risk of baby blues and postpartum depression. Physical activity releases endorphins which will help us feel happier and increase the body temperature to trigger a sense of comfort.


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