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Benefits of affection

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By Karin McCay| email

Showering your baby with hugs and kisses may do more than just make him giggle. Duke University researchers found a mother's affection in early infancy helped her child cope with stress as an adult.

This wasn't a quick study. Researchers studied the interaction between mothers and babies at eight months old. Then followed up when those kids were in their mid-30s. The researchers found the children whose mothers who were the most affectionate had the lowest levels of anxiety, hostility and general distress.   

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