Many of us may long for the carefree days of childhood. However, childhood is not quite the stress-free paradise that our rose-tinted memories might suggest. Children, including infants, can suffer from chronic, toxic stress and its long-term effects can be serious. The really toxic part of “toxic stress” isn’t the stress at all. It’s stress without a supportive caregiver present to mitigate it. Children need an adult caregiver to help them calibrate the way they respond to stress. It doesn’t take much: regular hugs, smiles and gentle encouragement do the trick. When parents are abusive or negligent or simply not around enough, their children miss out on this critical step.
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