Massaging Your Baby
plays a key role in human bonding - whether it is between
two friends, lovers, husband and wife or mother and child.
it's a way of communicating things. Infant massage is
probably the most basic method of bonding parents with
their children. Massaging your baby gives you a chance
to get intimate with their body language. The way their
body looks and feels, and familiarize parents with their
baby's response to stimuli. A daily massage is a powerful
tool. Besides, imparting a feeling of strength and confidence
in your child and developing an affectionate bond between
you two (you and your baby). it is very beneficial for
your infant. Massage make the child more active and alert.
Massaging Tecniques Massaging of legs. Massaging the stomach.
Massaging the chest. Massaging baby's arm & hands. Massaging
the back. Massaging the face. Finally the head Massage.
And some exercise for your little one. Kneading your little
1 - The first step to start with is Massaging
the baby's legs. Move both the hands together, gently
on the leg, turning in the opposite direction and squeezing
it slightly. Repeat the exercise for at least 5 to 6 times.
Use your thumbs, one after another to push the bottom
of the foot from Knee to toe.
- This involves massaging the baby's stomach. Stroke the
baby's stomach, one hand following the other, as if you
were scooping sand towards yourself. Repeat this exercise,
grasping the baby's legs by the ankle with your left hand
and massaging the stomach with your right hand. Flatten
your thumbs near the baby's navel and push out to the
sides. Walk your fingertips across the baby's stomach
from left to right.
3 - After stomach massage, the baby needs Chest
massage. Place both your hands together in the middle
of the chest and push out to the sides, following the
ribcage. Without lifting the hands from the body, bring
them in a heart shaped motion to the center again.
4 - This involves massaging of the baby's arms
& hands. To start with, divide the baby's hand into three
parts - shoulder, arm and wrist. Now, place your hand
on the baby's shoulders. Press them a little hard and
start circulating or rubbing. Moving outwards towards
the hands, squeeze and rub the baby's arm in the up and
down manner. Then massage the wrist by making small circles
all around. Make sure that your hand movement remains
the same throughout the massage of your infant. It should
always be outwards (i.e. from in to out).
5 - Massaging the baby's back - Place your
baby on your lap or on the floor and turn her over on
her tummy. Place both hands at the top of the back at
right angles to the spine. Move your hands back and forth
in opposite directions, moving up and down the back from
the shoulders to the buttocks. Keep your right hand on
the buttocks and stroke your left hand down to meet the
right at the same place. Now hold the legs with your right
hand and repeat the motion, sweeping your left hand down
all the way down to the ankles. Make small circles on
the back with your fingertips.
6 - Massaging the baby's face is not an easy
job. Baby's are never uniform. Especially while massaging
they make various movement. They may not let you place
your hand on their face. But as leg massage or hand, stomach
or chest massage is important, Face massage has it's own
significance. The Baby's facial muscles become quite tense
from sucking, teething and crying. Face massage helps
in uplifting these dead tissues. Now lets see how to massage
your child's face. Place your fingers flat in the middle
of her forehead and push out to the sides. Press lightly
over the eyes with your thumbs. Push up on the bridge
of the nose and then down across the cheeks with your
thumbs. Make a smile on the upper and lower lips using
your thumbs. Use your fingertips to make small circles
around the jaw. Massage the ears, backs of the ears and
the chin with your fingertips.
7 - Now before you end your task, take some
oil in your hand & rub the Head gently. Massage is equally
significant for the babies as it is for the elders. A
person feels relaxed and is able to balance his mind.
For a child in his or her infant age massage is great.
It helps in making his bones healthy and strong. It reduces
the constipation and helps in removing the dead tissues.
Massage is done before you take your baby for the bath.
Some exercise for your little one while massaging Hold
the baby's arms from the wrist, stretch them out to the
sides, then cross them on her chest twice. Holding the
legs at the ankles cross them at the stomach four times,
then stretch them out straight. Push the knees together
up into the tummy, and then stretch them out straight.
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