Baby birth is overwhelming and is a very thrilling situation for parents. Massaging a baby is the most elementary method of bonding for parents and children. Indian ancestors have made massaging an integral part in the life of newborn babiesfor ages and its continuous to be important. Massaging is useful for the overall development of babies, makes the bones stronger, healthy and builds stronger bond between parent and the child. Massaging also improves the digestive system and makes the baby flexible.
Massage the baby with good baby oil with giving a good smooth gentle strokes on the body. Massaging in the correct method is very crucial
Study on massaging in premature babies
twenty premature babies were massaged thrice a day for fifteen minutes each in a study conducted at University of Miami Medical Centre. Massaging showed that the babies grew 47% more weight gain per day, more active and alert. When compared to babies who were not massaged showed more neurological development.
Commonly used oils
- Coconut Oil
In the southern parts of India the most widely used oil is coconut oil which is considered to be the finest oil for massaging babies. Coconut oil contains antibacterial and antiseptic elements that prevent skin infections caused to baby's skin.
- Olive oil
Olive oil was commonly more in Western countries. However, now the practices have been evolving, with the influence of western culture olive oil is used in India also.
- Almond oil
Almond oil contains Vitamin E in higher proportion when compared to that of coconut oil Applying almond oil ensures that the skin becomes goodglowing and soft skin. Also known as Badam oil.
- Mustard oil
Mustard oil comes with lot of traditional values which is used more in the Northern parts of India. Using mustard oil is good during winters and beneficial for hair as well as preventing skin infections.
- Pure Ghee
Using pure ghee helps to protect body from cold during winters when the climate is too cold. Massaging ghee will keep the body warm.
Massaging the baby till it becomes a year or two old is good for good overall development.