What are the benefits of baby massage or touch therapy?

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<p>Massage is considered very important for the development and growth of a newborn baby. Lack of oil massage or touch therapy results in poor growth of the baby, psychological problems, and delayed attachment to parents.</p><h2>Benefits of Massage</h2><ul class="list"><li><p>Massage promotes blood circulation, tone up the muscles, and relax different areas of the body.</p></li><li><p>It increases food absorption hormones such as insulin.</p></li><li><p>Massage results in promotion of mother-infant bonding.</p></li><li><p>Babies become more active and alert.</p></li><li><p>Massage enhances skin barrier function, acts as a source of warmth and nutrition, and increases weight gain.</p></li><li><p>Greater bone mineralization and more optimal behavioral and motor responses.</p></li><li><p>Regular oil massage reduces stress behavior and lowers cortisol levels.</p></li></ul><h2>Some More Tips</h2><ul class="list"><li><p>Oil massage should be given before the bath during summer and after a bath during winter. Massage should ideally be given by grandparents, mother, father, or caregivers. It could be started on the 10th day after birth.</p></li><li><p>Oil massage should be given to babies when they are active and alert, preferably one to two hours after feeding.</p></li><li><p>Mothers have to cut their nails, remove the rings and watch.</p></li><li><p>Massage is to be done in a warm room. Strokes should be gentle and firm not jerky.</p></li><li><p>Full body massage will take 15-20 minutes.</p></li></ul><p>Good signs of newborn enjoying oil massage are cheerful vocal sounds like cooing, normal breathing pattern, the ability to focus, bright-eyed look, and enjoying clasping own hands and feet, sucking or stretching.</p>
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25