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Touch changes our body’s chemistry. There are many areas of the brain that are activated when someone else touches us, in particular the area that has to do with discerning people's intentions. 

Receptors in the skin tell us what kind of touch it is; should we relax or spring to action?

In research projects with animals who received no touch or minimal touch, many died or suffered long term damage like:

Underdeveloped immune systems 

Death

Reduced body growth

Memory function

Areas of the brain showed reduced volume

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