Parents and newborn babies can benefit greatly from infant massage, according to scientific research.
Certified infant massage instructor and founder of Hands on Baby, Anna Trivedi, says recent research shows just how important massage is for babies’ development. Massage reduces stress, enhances parent-baby relationships, and can also help alleviate jaundice in babies. The pressure you use also makes a difference, with newborns who are massaged daily with moderate pressure gaining more weight and exhibiting less agitation during sleep than those who receive a light pressure massage. Learning about the right pressure to use is easy under the guidance of a qualified infant massage instructor, and developing massage skills is also proven to give new mums and dads greater confidence when touching their baby. Daily massage may give your baby a great mental boost, too. Recent studies have shown that massaged infants performed better on cognitive tests at 12 months than non-massaged babies, handsonbaby.com.au
This article appeared in Health in the July 2015 issue of CHILD Mags