Mother and child have an inexplicable bond. In fact, experts say that children whose mothers gave them excellent post-natal maternal care may be less likely to succumb to stress, reports Science Daily.

Researchers from the University of California, led by Tallie Z. Baram, separated new-born laboratory mice from their mothers for short periods every day for a week and found that the separation led to bouts of intense maternal care.

When they examined the subjects' brains, researchers found that the mother-and-child reunion muted the activity of the neurons responsible for producing stress hormones. It also triggered the change of a protein called NRSF, which further reduced the activity of stress-related genes in the aforementioned neurons.

These results show that mothers need to spend more quality time with their babies. They should be encouraged to always show affection, as a warm embrace or a soft kiss could prepare their kids to handle stress better in the future.

(Photo by Toshimasa Ishibashi via Flickr Creative Commons)

Get the latest updates from Female Network
Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Latest Stories

Jolina Magdangal on Midlife Crisis, Turning 40 and Husband Mark

The actress shares her thoughts on midlife crisis and what it feels like to be 40.

Christian Bautista and Kat Ramnani Share Why It's Important To Discuss Finances Before Getting Married

Kat Ramnani and Christian Bautista encourage engaged couples to discuss their financial arrangements even before their wedding.
Load More Stories