Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Baby Massage - A natural way to bond

Posted On : June 06,2016

Parent - child interaction is the most significant activity through which a child learns about self, trust and respect. It is the first bond that influences the way relationships are perceived. Baby massage is a natural way for parents to bond with their babies.

Baby massage is a traditional custom in India. Its benefits are well known and have been proven to be effective in several studies over the years. It is a significant interaction that forms the foundation of bonding which will last forever. It also facilitates deeper understanding, integration and connection with parents.

Promoting touch between parents and baby enriches and stimulates physiological, social and emotional connections and has a positive effect on baby.

Massaging a baby reduces crying and fussiness, facilitates peaceful sleep, and alleviates common health concerns like constipation and colic. It also helps stimulate the central nervous system of the baby. The brain produces more serotonin, a feel-good chemical and less cortisol, a stress-response hormone. These result in a regularized heart rate, even breathing and relaxing baby.

Dr. Jayashree B Keshav, Senior Manager - Scientific Publications, The Himalaya Drug Company shares with that how does baby’s body benefits from a massage:

Physical benefits
 Improves sleep quality
 Relieves digestion problems
 Strengthens the immune system
 Softens and moisturizes skin
 Improves weight gain, growth and neurological developments
 Provides relief from colic

Emotional benefits
 Relieves stress and has a soothing effect on the baby
 Enhanced sense of love
 Increased self esteem
 Enhanced sense of trust
 Deepens parent-baby bonding
 Improves communication
 Promotes better understanding of the baby’s behavior through verbal and nonverbal communications 

Massage Technique and Effects on the Body
Communication plays an important role in massage process. Parents should engage in constant conversation, laughing and playing with baby. The massage process is only 20% technique and 80% communication. Parents need to ensure that baby is physically and mentally relaxed. Using touch, emotions and communication develops a sense of attachment between baby and parents.

To start a massage for your baby, smooth a few drops of a suitable baby massage oil or moisturizer into your hands and begin massaging the sole of baby’s feet. Use firm, gentle, slow strokes from the heel towards the toes. A baby oil that has a combination of ingredients such as Olive Oil, Winter Cherry, Aloe Vera, Khus Khus, and Country Mallow can have synergistic effects. These herbs are rapidly absorbed during a massage and promote baby’s growth and development.

Massaging a baby is not just a chore but an expression of love, communication and bonding.