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MASSAGE FOR
INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Massage benefts individuals
of all age groups and diferent
conditions
.
Touch is as
important to any infants and
kids like eating and sleeping
.
Massaging involves loving,
gentle stroking or kneading
by a parent or caregiver on
various parts of a child’s body
like the face, head, arms,
shoulders, neck, hands, back,
legs and feet
.
Use of oils on the body of
your precious little ones to
soothe, relax and heal afrms a
strong, close bond conveying a
comforting sense of trust and
security
.
Early infant massage enhances
the development of the
nervous system and stimulates
all other systems of the body
.
It improves circulation,
respiration, aids digestion and
eases elimination of wastes
from the body
.
It also makes
your little one less prone to gas
and colic ailments
.
Massage
of baby in its growing years
prepares the body for sitting,
standing and walking
.
Massage is a wonderful stress
buster for children who are
prone to all kind of stress
.
Like a child starting a school
in a new area, health, fghts
amongst parents, exams or
peer pressure, etc produce
emotional, physical and mental
stress
.
Massage reduces stress
hormones and heals the body
.
Each child responds diferently
to massage
.
Some may squirm,
cry, or some might just appear
more relaxed and calm and
also fall asleep
.
Tere is no fxed time to
massage your baby
.
Find a
time suitable for you and
your baby
.
Some enjoy in the
morning afer their feed, some
in the afernoon before or afer
their naps
.
Massage before
bedtime can put a cranky baby
to sleep peacefully
.
Follow the
massage with a warm bath
.
While giving a massage, sit
straight either on the foor
or on the bed or stand before
the table
.
Te room is warm
enough as your little one can
shiver when undressed
.
Te
place where you massage you
baby should be quiet and away
from distractions of all kinds
.
Lay your child on sof surface
like thick set of towels so it
may not hurt it self when it
wriggles or squirms
.
Keep
aside towel, pair of wash
cloths, clean diaper and
baby clothes for use afer the
massage
.
Oils are good for lubrication,
helping your hand glide
smoothly over your baby’s
sof and rather delicate skin
.
Small babies have a habit of
putting their hand or fngers
in their mouth all the time,
so it
'
s ideal to use oil that is of
good quality
.
Use cold pressed
(
oils extracted by means of
pressure
)
or unscented oils
.
Alternatively you can use
baby oils produced by many
companies which specialize in
baby products
.
Grape seed oil
has nice texture, apricot and
almond oils are smooth, light
and easily absorbable into the
body
.
To massage your babies,
use coconut oil in summers
and mustard oil in winter
.
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