How the ‘love hor­mone’ helps dads and bubs bond

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Dental Check -

Oxy­tocin, also known as the ‘love hor­mone’, may help dads to bond with their ba­bies, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study. “Our find­ings add to the ev­i­dence that fa­thers, and not just moth­ers, un­dergo hor­monal changes that are likely to fa­cil­i­tate in­creased em­pa­thy and mo­ti­va­tion to care for their chil­dren,” said study lead au­thor James Rilling of Emory Univer­sity in At­lanta.

Re­searchers say that oxy­tocin could be used in the fu­ture to en­cour­age fa­thers to be more in­volved in their chil­dren’s lives, in cases where it’s needed, such as in men suf­fer­ing from post­par­tum de­pres­sion. They also found that fa­thers’ in­volve­ment with their chil­dren re­duces the child’s risk of ill­ness and death, and helps chil­dren’s so­cial, men­tal and ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment.

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