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Massage - Touch therapy

Article by Dr.Pradeep Jain

Experience : 13 Years

Qualification : M.B.B.S.& M.D.

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Massage of baby A touch therapy

Massage of baby with oil is a tradition both in rural and urban area. It has several scientific benefits. Massage should be started after 10-14 days of life in a well-baby. It should be given to the babies when they are active, alert and preferably 1-2 hour after the feed. Massage should be done with gentle pressure and smooth rhythmical movement. Mother should interact actively and talk with baby as it is fun for both mother and the baby. Most babies enjoy an oil massage, they cry less and sleep better. It strengthens the maternal bonding, improves the circulation and tone of muscles, provide warmth to the baby, increases weight gain and also provides additional energy as oil gets absorbed through the skin. Non-irritating vegetable oil like coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil can be used. One should avoid using mustard oil as it is pungent to the eyes and may cause irritation to the skin. Oil massage should be given before bath during summer and after bath in winter. Be careful regarding the room temperature during winter season to avoid hypothermia.

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