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Massage for Babies

massage are useful to babies, yet most parents don't know about this simple but important technique.

Infant massage is common in many lands, and its becoming so popular in many western lands. It’s an excellent way to tone up a baby’s muscles and make it feel relaxed. A Nigerian mother once said; ‘while massaging my baby, I sing and talk to her, and she gurgles and smiles back. It is a wonderful experience!’

According to the Spanish association for infant massage, a massage is a subtle, tender, and pleasant technique that enables a parent to communicate physically and emotionally with the baby. It includes series of gentle yet firm strokes of the baby’s feet and legs as well as the back, chest, stomach, arms, and face.

What does a baby get from massage? Above all, a feeling of love and tenderness. A newborn not only needs to be fed but also needs to receive parental affection. Since the sense of touch develops early in life, gentle massaging by the mother or father communicates this love in a tangible way. Much information-physical and emotional-can be transmitted to a baby. Massaging can thus help cement a bond of affection between parents and their baby right from birth.

Apart from expressing love, massage may teach a baby to relax, which may contribute to longer sound sleep and less stress. Massage may also help to tone muscles as well as regulate the circulatory, digestive and respiratory systems. Some people claim that the infant’s immune systems benefits too. And because the baby’s sense of touch, sight, and sound are stimulated, massage may also encourage memory and learning.

Some hospitals have looked into the value of infant massage as well. For example, one study found out those premature babies who were massaged could leave the hospital up to seven days earlier than those who were not massage, and they had an increased weight gain of up to 47 percent compared with the latter.

Evidently, adults are not the only ones who benefit from a good rubdown. Of course, for babies a massage is more than just a rub. It is love expressed by warm hands and gentle fingers, along with a big smile. So when last did you give your baby that good massage he deserves?

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