Baby Massage How To Do It and When Not To

Baby Massage can soothe your baby and help him or her to sleep. Massage has many added benefits for your baby, including improving weight gain, aiding digestion, improving circulation, and easing teething pain. Massage is a great way for you and your partner to bond with your baby, and you may find it relaxing, too!precautions of baby massage.

Do not start baby massage untill your baby’s cord has healed and the child has had a full medical assessment.

Do not massage if your baby is unwell

Do not start baby massage if your baby has had vaccinations less than a week ago

If your baby is premature or has special needs, speak to your health visitors before starting massage

If your baby cries and does not seem to like it leave it and try again the next day. If after 3 more days of trying and they child still does not like it either change your preparation and technique or leave it for another 2 weeks and try again. Your baby’s nervous system may not be ready to handle baby massage yet

Do not massage your baby if they have broken skin or skin infection

Always be gentle rather than vigorous

Note that the face is very sensitive area and treat it with caution

The palms of the hands and soles of the feet are also sensitive areas

If your baby does not like a particular stroke leave it out completely and do more of the stokes of the areas that your child seems to like

Studies have shown that massaging an infant can reduce crying and fussiness, help him or her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common wail-inducers like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby’s ability to fight off germs. … The payoff of baby massage trickles down to parents.


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