Many caregivers use infant massage to relax and promote the emotional bond with their baby. It can help relax your baby, prevent crying, and soothe and comfort your crying baby. Many hospitals and child care centres provide classes on infant massage.
Massage methods vary, but general recommendations stress finding the appropriate setting and using appropriate techniques.
Find a time when you are relaxed and won't be interrupted. Be sure the baby is neither full nor hungry.
Find a comfortable location and position. The room should be warm. Lay the baby on his or her back on a towel on a bed, the floor, or your lap.
Some parents use a warm (not hot) natural oil such as vegetable or olive oil. Slowly rub a little over the baby's body. Move your palms in clockwise, rhythmic circles on the baby's abdomen. Use only light pressure.
Be sensitive to your baby. A newborn may enjoy only 2 to 5 minutes of massage.
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: John Pope MD - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
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