If you’re a parent, you will no doubt remember what that rush of love felt like when you first set eyes on your child. Chemically, this rush of love is all down to oxytocin, known as the love hormone.
During your little one’s early years, the bond you build is naturally made stronger. Physical touch, interaction and other caring behaviours all intensify this attachment bond and oxytocin production, allowing your child to feel safe and secure. Feeling safe in this way helps babies to learn and develop more easily – because they trust that you are there for them if anything goes wrong.
For some families, however, this bond is either missing or damaged. There are many reasons why this can happen, ranging from abuse and neglect to a parent falling ill and being unable to care for their child. Whatever the reason, in some children this leads to attachment difficulties or even