Baby Massage

MASSAGE FOR BABIES & YOUNG CHILDREN
Baby massage has been used to stimulate their growing immune and nervous systems and provides critical emotional nourishment for both mother/ father and baby.
Preparing for the massage
• The room should be warm and free from drafts.
• Sorbolene, Baby oil or olive oil can be used
• Use soft warm towels
Massaging your child
• Talk to your child, let them know they are going to have a massage, encourage them to relax by using comforting touch
• Place baby in the position he or she is most comfortable (tummy or back)
• Warm the oil in your hands
• Using long gentle strokes start from the shoulders downwards, remember to keep talking to baby “does that feel good, I am massaging your shoulders” By using the words of the body parts you are massaging the child is also taking in information about their own bodies.
• Turn baby over and massage the other side.
• With your thumbs make gentle circular movements over the palms of baby’s hands. With your fingertips make circular stokes up the back.
What to Avoid
• Don’t massage on the top of babies head as the cranial bones are not yet fused.
• Don’t massage over genital areas or the anus.
• Don’t press firmly on the spine or do any twisting movements

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