Baby Massage: The Calming Power of Touch by Alan Heath

By Alan Heath

Baby Massage deals mom and dad and caretakers secure and easy-to-learn therapeutic massage thoughts that strengthen bonding and all-around wellness. step by step photographs express easy easy methods to soothe fretful infants, aid them to get to sleep, and simplicity the ache of universal illnesses comparable to colic, and teething. therapeutic massage has been confirmed to augment infants' and children' mind improvement, encouraging brighter, happier children--and this superbly illustrated consultant makes it abundantly transparent how effortless it really is to benefit how.

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One hand should always stay in contact with your baby. Repeat several times. FINISHING STROKES ON THE BACK OF THE BABY THE LEGS BACK EFFLEURAGE STROKES DOWN THE BODY Place your left hand on your baby’s right shoulder. Using the whole surface of your hand, stroke diagonally down the back, over the left buttock, and down the left leg to the foot. As you reach the foot, place your right hand on your baby’s left shoulder (see below) and stroke diagonally down the body to the right foot. Repeat twice, using firm strokes, without losing contact with your baby’s body.

You can try again the next time you notice he is awake, calm and alert. Before using still touch or massage on your baby, talk to the nursing and medical staff about what you intend to do. You may like to sit on a chair and massage your baby on your lap. Ensure that the massage strokes you use are smaller and gentler than those you might use for a term baby. The touch needs to be gentle but firm – too light a touch may be unpleasant and over-stimulating. Before you start the massage warm some oil in your hands.

Babies find it reassuring to hear their parents’ voices – their mothers’ voices in particular. It has been found that term babies turn towards their mother’s voice in preference to a stranger’s when only a few days old. This is especially helpful to his well-being and the process of bonding if he is in an incubator. Premature babies should not be massaged initially. This touch may be the first chance you have to be close to your baby. See it as an opportunity to send your love to him. Choose a time when he is RESEARCH EVIDENCE A research study was conducted in 1995 in the USA to identify a type of touch that parents might be able to give their premature babies in the first three weeks of life, when they may be ill and physiologically unstable.

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