How Massages can help your Baby
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Massage your baby after bath time. Use a gentle baby lotion, baby oil, or oil such as grape seed oil or coconut oil warmed in your hand to massage your baby. Start with the outer limbs, stroking downwards from the top of the arm down, and from the top of the hip downwards.
Use gentle pressure and you can knead the skin or use light strokes. To get started: Create a calm atmosphere. If possible, do the massage in a warm, quiet place — indoors or outdoors.
Remove your jewelry. Control your touch. When you first start massaging your baby, use a gentle touch.
Avoid tickling your baby, however, Slowly stroke and knead each part of your. Using natural oils on the skin helps avoid friction during massage. Natural, cold-pressed, or organic oils such as sweet almond, apricot, sesame, sunflower, or grape-seed oil will nourish your baby’s skin and give a very smooth and pleasant feeling. Do not use mineral oil-based lotions, peanut oil, or baby powder for infant massage. How to Safely Perform Infant Massage.
Getting Started with Infant Massage. Infant massage is an activity you do WITH your child, not TO them. It is a wonderful way to connect with your baby and has many health and development benefits.
To get started, position yourself and baby so you’re both comfortable. Sit on the floor with your back. Massage benefits the baby’s heart, breathing, digestion and blood circulation. It helps prepare their little bodies for physical activity and improves overall mobility. Massage encourages muscular coordination and flexibility and helps as the baby stretches, moves around and grows.
Massage also helps babies relax and fall asleep. Infant massage is a popular technique parents use on their babies. Infant massage can help strengthen the bond between the baby and parents and relax the baby. To massage your baby, make sure the baby is receptive to massage, perform it in a calm room, and cover the baby’s entire body.
Method 1. Infant massage can be done daily; it provides a great way to bond with your baby. It can also be an excellent way to stimulate bowel movements that can be interrupted by stress, diet, medicines, or other health issues.
To massage your baby’s abdomen, start when baby is quiet but alert and hasn’t just eaten. Massage baby’s legs, working the shins and the thighs. Move to the arms, making sure to massage baby’s hands, too.
For baby’s stomach, massage in a clockwise direction (the same way as baby’s digestive system moves). Massage baby’s chest, but avoid the delicate head and neck area. Massage to relieve gas in infantsyour baby relaxes them and supports their health and well-being. It increases blood circulation and stimulates the nervous system which in turn encourages muscle use. Massage can also create a unique bond between the baby and parents.
Performing massage therapy on your baby is both a simple and enjoyable task. Each therapy should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes. Baby massage should be done forty five minutes after feeding the baby, or right after you have given the baby a bath as you are preparing him/her for a nap.
List of related literature:
|from Foundations of Massage|
|from Clinical Applications of the Adult Attachment Interview|
|from Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth|
|from Comprehensive Neonatal Nursing Care: Fifth Edition|
|from Mosby’s Massage Therapy Review E-Book|
|from Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World|
|from Maternal Child Nursing Care in Canada E-Book|
|from Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice E-Book|
|from Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents E-Book|
|from Evidence-based Therapeutic Massage E-Book: A Practical Guide for Therapists|