A child’s sense of touch is linked with intimacy and safety, while lying close to their mother. Touch can be experienced in the womb long before the sense of sight and smell. Rubbing a skincare product like NIVEA Creme onto kids’ skin helps create a lasting 'touch biography'.
Whether it's a gentle kiss on a bumped knee or a soothing rub of the tummy to ease colic, the power of touch is soothing and goes way beyond the skin’s surface. Not only this, human touch helps us to build bonds with other people. Research shows that loving touch can improve communication.
The somatosensory system allows us to experience touch, pain, pressure, heat and movement. This system relies on a network of sensors throughout the body, which are activated when there is heat or pressure against them.
So that your body knows what is going on at different areas, these sensors send information back to the brain by means of neurons. In turn, these send signals up the spinal cord to the brain.Once there, the brain decodes the messages to understand what sensations are being felt: pain, touch or temperature.