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Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage

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Massaging a baby becomes an integral part of New Born Care. You may be surprised if I say it is not a must and you also may be surprised when I break down several myths around it.

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Benefits of Body Massage 

  1. Moisturization  

    Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage How to do Baby Massage Benefits of Baby Massage Myths of Baby Massage Massage for babies
    The prime benefit of massaging the body with oil is to moisturize the skin. Infant skin is 5 times thinner than adult skin, hence needs special care. It also needs 30% more moisture to keep it soft, smooth, and healthy.

  2. Creates Bonding 

    Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage How to do Baby Massage Benefits of Baby Massage Myths of Baby Massage Massage for babies
    When you hug, kiss, and cuddle your baby a love hormone “oxytocin” is released both in the baby and you. This helps your baby find that special bond and ease its worry about this new world. Baby Massage is said to help moms with the risk of postnatal depression bridge the communication gap, and allow her to focus and enjoy the baby’s presence.

  3. Relieves Colic Pain 

    Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage How to do Baby Massage Benefits of Baby Massage Myths of Baby Massage Massage for babies
    Watch our stomach massage video. The main benefit of massage is to soothe the baby. When done in the best-suggested way you need not stick to gripe water or colic aid for your baby.

  4. Sleep Inducing  

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    Just as we feel relaxed and sleepy, babies would feel good and sleep well too. Calmer the baby healthier would be its body.

  5. Assists Weight Gain 

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    Massage stimulates a key nerve, called the vagus nerve, which connects the brain with important parts of the body, including the stomach. Stimulating this nerve can improve digestion and bowel movement, helping your baby to gain weight.

Myths around Baby Massage

  1. You must do a rough massage 

    If a baby starts bawling his eyes out while you’re massaging him, he’s telling you that he really isn’t enjoying it. Massages should not cause discomfort, but ease it, so it may be time to stop or change the way you’re using your hands if your child starts to cry while you massage him. A too rough massage can be painful and injure your baby if you aren’t careful. The trick is to be gentle, but firm. Remember that your baby’s bones and muscles are still very soft and need time to develop, so what feels nice and gentle to you may be hard and painful for an infant!

  2. Massaging with certain oil will make the baby fairer 

    No homemade or store-bought scrub will ever lighten a baby’s skin. The color of the skin is genetic and cannot be changed by-products it’s impossible to alter someone’s DNA just by massaging!

  3. Oil can be used liberally all over a baby’s body 

    Certain cultures encourage the use of various oils on all surfaces, but there are some areas that should be avoided. Placing oil in the nose and ears can be harmful and lead to fungal infection if the baby is more sensitive to them. There are even some cultures that place oils or certain forms of massage products in a baby’s eyes this is to be avoided at all costs, especially due to the carbon content of many oils. Using a lot of oil in a baby’s navel is also believed by most doctors to be unhygienic and should be avoided.

  4. You should start baby massage as soon as possible 

    One of the biggest myths about baby massage is that you should start massage as soon as you can after the baby is born. In actuality, you should wait for at least 2 -3 weeks before you begin massaging your baby, In this phase, you can learn how to handle the baby. The baby’s skin is excessively sensitive when they are born, making massage an uncomfortable activity. One of the reasons why little babies develop acne-like eruptions on their skin and face is because of massage on their extra-sensitive skin.

  5.  You can reshape the nose, or head with appropriate massage strokes 

    Children are born with bones and features that change drastically within the first year. They are destined to take a certain shape, which is often dependent on the genes. Rubbing the nose a certain way, or pressing the head a bit much, would not make it change shape. It shall eventually turn out to be as its genes guide it to be.

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Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage

Benefits and Myths around Baby Massage How to do Baby Massage Benefits of Baby Massage Myths of Baby Massage Massage for babies

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