Baby Massage

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Baby Massage Benefits

Parents also benefit from infant massage, as massaging one’s baby boosts self-confidence in the care and handling of an infant and promotes a sense of oneness. Furthermore, touching a baby increases prolactin levels, which strengthen the parenting instinct.

The International Association for Infant Massage groups the benefits of infant massage into four categories:

  • Interaction
  • Stimulation
  • Relief
  • Relaxation

These benefits include:

  • Stimulates the senses
  • Increases blood flow to the stomach region, promoting digestion and elimination by increasing peristalsis
  • Regulation of emotional and behavioral states
  • Better sleeping patterns
  • Increased flexibility and muscle tone
  • Enhanced ability to be calmed/calm oneself
  • Maturity of the nervous system
  • Provides relief for teething problems, colic, and constipation
  • Speeds up the healing process
  • Increases social cueing (ability of babies to communicate their needs to their caregivers)