Benefits of Massage
The sense of touch has been detected
in human embryos less than eight weeks old. At this stage, the foetus is
less than an inch long and has no eyes or ears, but its skin is highly
sensitive. Floating in the amniotic fluid, the foetus is accustomed to
tactile stimulation. As the contractions of the womb become stronger, they
rhythmically squeeze and push the baby.
How does massage benefit premature babies
In a study conducted at the University
of Miami Medical Center, twenty premature babies were massaged thrice a
day for fifteen minutes each. Results showed that they averaged 47% greater
weight gain per day, were more active and alert, and showed more mature
neurological development than infants that were not massaged. In addition,
their stay in the hospital averaged six days less.
Can massage help to alleviate stress in babies
Emerging from the security of her
mother's womb, a baby finds the world a vast and bewildering place. Everything
is strange and unfamiliar. Adjusting to her new surrounding and responding
to sensory stimuli can be quite a stressful experience for a baby. Like
all other things, a massage is also a new experience for the baby. It helps
the baby to practice handling input and responding to it with relaxation.
While a massage brings with it new sights, sounds and smells, it is made
pleasurable by comforting physical contact and a soothing voice.
Can massage be a way of bonding with my baby
Touch plays a key role in human bonding — whether it is between mother and child, lovers or friends. Infant massage is probably the most basic method of bonding for parents and children. Massaging your baby gives you a chance to get intimate with her body language, the way her body looks and feels, and familiarize yourself with her response to stimuli. A daily massage is a powerful tool that helps to maintain and strengthen affectionate bonds between the parents and the baby.
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