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Infant Massage

Updated on March 10, 2009

How much pressure to use:Use slight pressure without causing any discomfort.

Head: GENTLE stroke the temples, fore head, eye brows, eye lids, Nose, jaw mouth area, ear and base of the skull section
Head: GENTLE stroke the temples, fore head, eye brows, eye lids, Nose, jaw mouth area, ear and base of the skull section
Cheek bone: GENTLE and slowly stroke from the chin to the ears and from the base of the head to the shoulders, and chest.
Cheek bone: GENTLE and slowly stroke from the chin to the ears and from the base of the head to the shoulders, and chest.
Shoulders and arms: Be extremely careful and GENTLE create a circle with your thumb and index finger around your infants arm. An in a turning back and fort downward motion from the armpit to the hand carefully caress gentle, paying extra attention to
Shoulders and arms: Be extremely careful and GENTLE create a circle with your thumb and index finger around your infants arm. An in a turning back and fort downward motion from the armpit to the hand carefully caress gentle, paying extra attention to
Abdomen:  In a circular GENTLE clock wise motion massage the abdomen with the tip of your fingers.
Abdomen: In a circular GENTLE clock wise motion massage the abdomen with the tip of your fingers.
Thighs and Legs:  GENTLE massage the thighs with both hands in a downward fashion toward the legs, and gently hold both legs together and bend them gentle towards the abdomen.
Thighs and Legs: GENTLE massage the thighs with both hands in a downward fashion toward the legs, and gently hold both legs together and bend them gentle towards the abdomen.
Feet and Heels: GENTLE massage in a circular motion the heels of the foot, while also pressing gently inward on the bottom of the foot, using your thumb.
Feet and Heels: GENTLE massage in a circular motion the heels of the foot, while also pressing gently inward on the bottom of the foot, using your thumb.
Back:  Lay your baby on their stomach and GENTLE start massaging in a circular downward motion towards the heel of the foot. Starting from the back of the head using your finger tips, gently place your fingers over the spinal area, but DO NOT MASSAGE
Back: Lay your baby on their stomach and GENTLE start massaging in a circular downward motion towards the heel of the foot. Starting from the back of the head using your finger tips, gently place your fingers over the spinal area, but DO NOT MASSAGE
Outer Thigh:  GENTLE massage from the waist to the feet, when you arrive at the feet start again from the top, finishing the massage with soft slow movements.
Outer Thigh: GENTLE massage from the waist to the feet, when you arrive at the feet start again from the top, finishing the massage with soft slow movements.

Infant Massage:Infant Massage Techniques,and Benefits of Massage

Infant massage is all the rage today. Many hospitals, have as a matter of fact, and might I add, birthing centers have picture posters and information brochures encouraging parents to massage their little infants.

Overwhelming is an understatement for new parents living with a newborn, and because of this, lots of parents do not take the time to take part in an infant massage schedule.

Because of their busy Family & Relationships schedule, or lack of information about the benefits of infant massage, many parents miss out on an activity that would benefit both Infant and parent.

Your Infant baby's sleep cycle, a massage has many benefits, (Infant less than one year old).

By and large, newborns sleep about eight hours at night and about eight to nine hours in the daytime, (Newborn less than a month old).

Infant Massage is a very old practice which has been rediscovered here in the United State.

Benefits of infant massage:

• Because of the positive impact of parental touching, nurturing, and communication, parenting skills and bonding is improve.

• Improve and build up the respiratory, circulatory, and regulate the digestive system.

• Parents develop clue recognition and react to infant's non-vocal clues.

• Symptoms of gas and colic are relieved.

• Infant babies are taught to release their own tension once they are aware of them.

• Enhances a parent sense in dealing with fussy, sick, or special needs babies.

• Your fussy, sick, or special needs babies will now have parents that has a enhance sense of capability in dealing with their child.

Clinical evidence proves that because of this early positive pleasant interaction between infant and parent. Babies who are massaged frequently tend to sleep better and more peacefully than babies who are not massaged.

Many physiological benefits can be gained from massaging infant babies. Many parents are taking by surprise when they learn that babies who are massaged have a much stronger immune system in comparison to babies that are not massaged.

Many babies who have a regularly daily massage gain weight at a healthier rate.

Many parent, or should I say all parents, want their infant to grow and develop properly; massaging your child will stimulate the hormones that make that happen.

Many undisputed research has show that babies who are touched repeatedly have more developed sensory responsiveness than those that are not frequently touched.

Many parents have found out that one of the best ways to relieve gas and colic is through massage.

Is this all making sense?

Let's talk some more about some of the psychological benefits massaging your infant produce.

Massaging create a strong bond that cannot be easily duplicated between parent and infant, chiefly for an infant that was born premature, were the mother and baby nine months bonding were interrupted. Massaging also help foster infants, adopted infants, and infants with medical difficulties.

Babies crave the touch of their parents, and massaging providing security and stability which will establish a close affectionate communication with your infant. A secure and stable infant is free to grow to their full capability since their necessary nurturing needs are being met.

No nervousness or security problems, because the comforting movements of infant massage meet their psychological need.

Psychologically, massaging a baby helps enhance parental self-confidence and self esteem, it especially allow fathers to spend quality time with their child.

Parents also increase their deep understanding of their baby's non-crying and crying behavioral communication signal.

Since massage helps sooth the digestive system, example relieve wind, bellyaches (colic), and constipation, parents are more focus.

Why?

Because now they are able to use special massage techniques to calm their baby who otherwise would be so deeply distressed that nobody can offer any effective comfort.

The information provided above has proven to you that it is not that difficult to become comfortable in massaging your baby. Your baby will go to sleep much faster from a nightly massage, because they will be more relax.

Massaging your newborn will build a bond of trust on the infant's part, along with the relationship it creates between parent and child. I must say you will eventually look forward and treasure this daily routine of bonding with your baby.


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    • Party Girl profile image

      Party Girl 9 years ago

      A great article. I have a 6 week old grandaughter, so I will read through again and print it off for my daughter to read!

    • amackens profile image

      amackens 10 years ago

      Wow. Great hub and great info.

    • Music Lady profile image

      Music Lady 10 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a great hub! Thanks for posting it.

    • tkoppel profile image

      tkoppel 10 years ago from Port Charlotte, FL

      Very interesting concept. I'll pass it on to my Daughters-in-law for the benefit of my Grandchildren, and who knows, maybe their fathers too!

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      lloydl 10 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO U.S.

      Thanks NatChar for the great comment, it took me a week to write it.

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      NatChar 10 years ago

      Fantastic Article! Well put together and easy to read. Really great advice!  Thumbs up!

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      Cheryl 10 years ago

      A wonderful article. I get a massage once every three weeks and I know how healing and relaxing it is. I will definitely give a copy to my daughter-in-law when she has her babies!

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      JoVanna 10 years ago

      I give you two thumbs up! I found the article very clear, straight foward, and organized. I will make sure to pass this along to the people that I know that have newborns or childen that are under the age of one. GREAT JOB!

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