10 Reasons For Giving Your Baby a Massage.
Babies respond well to gentle massages and
receive many benefits from the loving touch of
a parent or caregiver.
If bonding and showing your baby is not
enough reason to give your infant a massage,
there are ten other reasons you should
1. Giving your baby a
gentle massage and relieve many discomforts a
small baby suffers from. A baby experiences
colic, congestion, teething pain, and emotional
There are many ways of giving your infant
relief for various ailments. Using a gentle
tapping method which helps break up the mucous
in the chest can relieve congestion. It allows
the infant to eliminate any excess mucous.
Sinus congestion can be broken up by gently
massaging that area.
It makes the process of eliminating excess
mucous from the sinus passages. Using small
rhythmic strokes across the distended abdomen
can also relieve colic. Gentle infant massage
can also help relieve any stress or tension the
infant may be feeling and some infants will cry
during their massage time. It is believed this
crying is an emotional release and is healthy
for the baby.
2. Massaging the skin will
improve communication between the body and the
brain and improve the nervous system.
3. A gentle massage stroke
can release any tension in the babys body and
allow them to relax for a maximum learning
environment. A massage will encourage
relaxation, increase their circulation,
increase the air they feel on their skin and
give them a reassurance the parent is near. The
parents voice, touch, and the odor of their
parent give them a sense of security. The
balance a massage gives them increases the
capacity for learning.
4. If your infant is having
problems sleeping, a gentle massage will help
the baby relax enough to sleep easily and have
longer periods of deep sleep.
5. Infant massage also
stimulates the digestive system and helps in
digestion. It also helps with breathing and a
recent study shows a gentle 20-minute massage
also helps children with asthma breathe
6. Massage can teach an infant
the art of expression. Watch your babys
expression as you stroke their back and tummy.
You can see which strokes the baby enjoys the
most and change your massage routine to fit
7. Massage helps your
infants muscles tone and helps them
8. Enhances the bonding
between infant and parent.
9. Helps the baby be more
aware of their surroundings. You can talk
to your baby while giving the massage and
even name the parts of the body during your
Theraputic Massage Terms and
A very medical
application called remedial
It emphasizes a
paramedical treatment that
helps to achieve the
restoration of and function of
the soft tissue such as
ligaments, tendons, muscles
that have been injured.
many types of massage and
includes self treatment at
10. Massaging your infant
gives them a sense of comfort, safety and
love. These are important parts to the
emotional and physical growth of your
child. Massage also benefits parents and
It gives a quiet time of the day that can
relax both your infant, and gives your body
a chance to relax as well. Knowing you are
giving your baby pleasure and strengthening
their growth will give you peace and