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Touch is very beneficial to babies, as it allows them to feel loved and comforted. Since touch is the first mode of communication for infants, parents who massage their child are more attentive to their non-verbal language and have a better understanding of their needs, which helps to build an attachment connection between them. For the parent, better understanding of their child needs increases their own sense of competence.
Regular, comforting contact with an adult provides the baby with security that helps him build his identity and self-esteem. A baby getting massaged learns to receive affection and feels the well-being of touch. If it is performed by the parent, the latter also benefits from this privileged moment, since this contact can improve his mood and reduce his anxiety.
Baby massage is done gently with massage oil or gel, preferably unscented and hypoallergenic. It can be performed after the first month of life, and since the techniques can adapt to the development of the child, it can be continued until one year and older.
Massage should be performed at a time of the day when the baby is well disposed, for instance when he’s calm and awake. Before or after a nap, after bathing or before the night are particularly amenable occasions.
Baby massage can be performed in the clinic by a professional and taught to parents. With proper knowledge, parents can perform a massage routine with their baby for periods ranging from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on their desire and tolerance of the child.
A tired or agitated baby should not be given a massage. Massage should also be avoided if the child has just had a meal, surgery, if he has skin lesions or if he is sick or feverish.Find a therapist