At its most basic, a baby massage offers precious moments to emotionally connect with your infant, relaxing you and baby. Since touch is the most developed sense for an infant, it is not surprising that early massages have the ability to stimulate nerve centers and improve immune system function. There are overwhelming scientific evidence in support of baby massage that the negatives are difficult to find.
We have put together 12 most frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the subject and provided answers from qualified instructions.
QUESTIONS ON BABY MASSAGE
1: Will I hurt my baby?
Use firm, slow strokes. For guidance on how much pressure to place on infant, look at baby cues to help. Not too hard, but too light might be ticklish.
2: At what stage should you start a massage?
Massages start at the new-born stage, as soon as the mother feels comfortable performing the technique.
3: When is the ideal time to massage your baby?
When your baby is in the quiet alert state is a good time for a massage. Other suggestions are after a bath, and at least half an hour after a feed.
4: Should I massage an ill baby?
Do not massage an ill or disturbed baby. Always look for cues that indicate abnormal behavior.
5: Should I begin with a full head-to-toe massage?
No. Perform massages in limited sessions until baby can tolerate a full massage, both anteriorly (toward the front) and posteriorly (toward the back).
6: What type of oil should I use and how much?
Several types of oil may be used in generous amounts. Simply pour warm oil into the palm of the hand and rub them together for even distribution. Recommended oils are: Organic vegetable / nut oils (example-olive, sunflower, sweet almond, sesame). These are unscented, and will not interfere with phototherapy.
7: What if baby looks to always resist massage?
Hold your baby gently, but firmly (using containment holds), until they gradually relax and accept the massage.
8: Is baby massage helpful with a colicky baby?
Yes! Babies who have their tummies and legs rubbed along with knee pressing exercises (into the tummies) receive fantastic success rates. Rub their tummy in a circular clockwise direction.
9: Can a massage help with asthma and skin disorders?
Touch Research Institute conducted studies that show the benefits of massage for both these conditions. Parents can learn the technique from qualified instructors.
10: Do I need to learn technical strokes or can I just gently rub baby all over?
Massage strokes are specific in generating a scientific result. Once you learn the techniques you will begin to see the difference. The strokes incorporate Swedish, Indian and Reflexology components.
11: How often should baby be massaged?
Massages can be done more than once per day; some experts recommends up to 3 times a day. The ideal amount is very personal to your baby, you and family circumstances.
12: What should be the first steps before starting a massage?
Gather all needed supplies. Ensure that the room is warm. Begin the massage when your baby is comfortable. Start at one of the extremitudes, and remember not to overtire baby.
Baby massage is comforting and improves all-over circulation and encourages growth. Begin the habit of asking permission from your baby before starting a session, as this will become an essential part of the routine later on.