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Baby Massage – How? Why? Step by Step Procedures with Video

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Massaging a baby promotes sleep, improves the immune system, relieves from colic, and improves overall motor skills for the baby; it initiates a flexible and happy baby who is physically active. Well, don’t we all want our new babies to benefit from all these above-mentioned criteria for a happy baby, in that case, let’s learn the right method and facts for a baby massage.

From what age can we massage a baby?

Right from the day, the baby is home we start the gentle massage routines and give the baby the benefits of the massage.

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What Oils can we use for body massage?

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  • Coconut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Dates Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Medicinal Oil – Ayurvedic composition by doctor

How to test Oil for baby’s sensitivity?

A small drop is applied to the skin and wait to see the results for about 24 hours to see the reactions and then we can go about using the oil.

How to schedule a Massage routine and minimum time for a massage?

  • Massage on a daily basis and fix a scheduled to make the baby prepared for the daily routine.
  • Gentle and stern strokes are recommended; if not stern it will lead to a ticklish feeling on the body.
  • Minimum of 10 minutes to a maximum of 20 minutes a massage can last.
  • Recommended stopping the massage if the baby indicates to resist.

Strokes

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  1. For legs lift one the ankle and tap it lightly the upper thigh.
  2. Massage stroke from up to down from hip to foot with both hands, rotating from opposite directions in a circular motion.
  3. On the feet use thumbs next to each other and make the stroke in the motion to massage from direction heel to toes.
  4. Regular massage from leg to toe is given for 4-5 strokes.
  5. Abdomen massage is given with fingertips in a circular or clockwise direction.
  6. Give ankle massage in small circles with baby massage oil.
  7. Massage strokes from top to the feet are given in down motion and with a gentle squeeze or pressure and at the end pull each toe.
  8. Place the baby tummy side horizontally on your legs with baby hands in front of the baby and not sides.
  9. Place the hands-on baby’s back and move back and forth moving it on opposite directions from neck to the buttocks.
  10. Shoulders are massaged in small circular motions and their buttocks as well.
  11. Massage each and every finger and give a gentle pull to each finger.
  12. The wrist is massaged by moving fingers in small circles.
  13. Head massage is given in both hands; the scalp is massaged with fingertips, gentle massage is necessary.
  14. The ear is massaged with thumb and index finger grip.
  15. Use fingertips to gently rub the baby’s neck in a circular motion, repeat these circular motions a few times.
  16. Face massage is given with uplift movement, eyebrows are massaged from start to tip with the thumb.
  17. Repeat the same message to the closed eyelids as well.
  18. Nose strokes are important, with direction from the bridge of the nose out over to the cheeks is traced for the nose.
  19. The chest is stroked outward from inside to the shoulders.
  20. Finger walk or finger massage rub is given around the navel in the clockwise and also pour few drops in the navel.
  21. With a gentle rolling action of the baby’s arm between our hands to start from the shoulder till down to the wrist, feels relaxed. Repeat the same to the other hand as well.
  22. A gentle push of the legs towards the abdomen and repeat for 5-6 times, this helps expel gas also called Colic-Relief Massage.
  23. Gentle and firm wrap your hands around the baby’s leg and massage with your hands straight down from the thigh to ankle for a few times for both the legs.

Basic tips to follow during Baby Massage

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  • Avoid applying too much pressure.
  • Avoid pressing on the spine directly.
  • Avoid oil contact with Eyes and mouth.
  • Avoid massage during fever days or when the baby is ill or tired.
  • Lukewarm to hot water is advisable for a bath after a massage.
  • Avoid too cold and too hot water for baby bath time.
  • Maximum of 15 minutes after oil massage we can give bath to the baby and not more than that.
  • Minimum of 30 – 45 minutes after eating we can give an oil massage bath and not immediately after eating. It will lead to vomiting and digestion issues.
  • Please make the babysit on a mat to avoid slipping off from hands as the oil tends to make one slippery.
  • Avoid allowing the baby to crawl after the massage, rather you can allow them to play with water and bath toys.

Benefits of Massage

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  • Skin-to-skin contact is good for all babies.
  • Especially helpful for premature baby’s.
  • Neonatal intensive care units follow kangaroo care.
  • Mother places her premature baby on her bare chest, holding him skin to skin and tummy-to-tummy.
  • Relaxes a pre termed infant and helps in growth and development.
  • Blood circulation.
  • Relief and induces good sleep for a longer time and help in growth while sleeping.
  • Good for brain development.
  • Makes a baby hungry and allows them to feed appropriately.
  • Directional massage with growth.
  • Helps in weight gain.
  • Reduces infections and breathing problems in pre termed baby’s.
  • Massage being a Boon for Babies.
  • Babies with regular massage slept more, fussed less, cried less.
  • Happier and healthier and stronger babies.

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Baby Massage – How? Why? Step by Step Procedures with Video

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