Friday, May 19, 2023

Infant Massage


Infant Massage

Massaging an infant is good for the baby and the one giving the massage.  Babies NEED touch.  They THRIVE with touch.  Studies have shown that when a baby is neglected of touch it causes failure to thrive.  

There are so many ways you can massage a baby.  I would highly recommend light touch to start and work to medium light if the baby seems to be enjoying it.  You can start at their feet and work your way up their legs.  Then massage the belly in a clockwise circle.  This will help with bowel elimination and gas issues.  

The best time to massage a baby is during the non-fussy times of the day.  For most that can be right after a bath which is a perfect time to get oils on the baby's skin too.  

Have fun interacting with your sweet babies.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil can be an excellent source for oil during your infant massage.  (There are rare times when someone can be allergic to coconut oil so test in a small area before you try all over the body)

Essential oils

You can add some essential oils to your coconut oil to make the massage even more relaxing or to help stimulate things such as a bowel movement.  If you are not sure which are safe or not please contact Dr. Felicia and she can help!  She sells DoTerra essential oils at the office.

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