How to give a baby a massage? You have to learn these skills

time:2022-09-27 author:Maternal-Child Nursing
How to give a baby a massage? You have to learn these skills

Babies need to be touched. Touching allows him/her to grow physically and mentally. Babies need to be stroked to grow physically and emotionally. Massaging babies can boost their immune system and help promote muscle development. You can start gently massaging your baby during the first few weeks of life. This is a great way to bond with your child. Here are some tips about massaging your baby!

Effective massage

keeps baby comfortable. You should choose to massage your baby in a warm, dimly lit room. Make sure the temperature isn't too low, as your baby's clothes will be removed during the massage. Lay your baby on their back on a soft towel or blanket, on a rug or a safe surface. You can also play some soothing light music. You can take off all your baby's clothing or massage with only a diaper. Choose a way that makes your baby more comfortable and at ease. If you want a massage to calm your baby, you can do it in your baby's bedroom. This way, even if your baby falls asleep during the massage, you can put your baby directly into the crib to sleep. Use cooking oil. If you want to use massage oil for your baby, choose olive oil, avocado oil, or other cooking oil, as your baby may put the massage oil in his mouth. Don't use mineral oil or other non-edible oils as they are not easily digested and may harm your baby's stomach. You can also use baby oil if you prefer. Do not use peanut oil, almond oil, or other oils made from common allergen foods. Also, avoid essential oils or other scented oils as they may irritate your baby's skin. If the oil is cold, warm it up with your hands and apply it to your baby. Massage movements must be gentle. Do not massage a baby with the same force as an adult massage. Gently rub your baby's body with your fingers, not too hard or vigorously. The purpose of the massage is not to provide deep tissue soothing, but to stimulate the baby's skin with gentle movements. You'll need to massage your baby's back, abdomen, arms, legs, head, and neck, and be gentle on all parts of your baby's body. You can increase the force as your baby grows. Older children can get a slightly harder massage than infants. Keep massage in one direction. The general practice is to massage from the heart outwards. This technique has a calming effect on your baby's body and is a great technique if you want to help your baby fall asleep more easily. You can also go the other way, but it's stimulating, and if you like your baby to be a little more active, you can do it this way. Choose the direction according to the time of massage. If it's game time, a stimulating massage might make them more enjoyable. But avoid this way before going to bed. Try a milking massage. This technique can be used on your baby's arms and legs. You'll use your index finger and thumb to draw a loose circle or C-shape around your baby's arm or leg. Use gentle motions to stretch toward your hands or feet, as if you were expressing milk, and repeat a few times. Remember not to pinch too tightly, and be careful not to twist your baby's limbs. Continue to massage until you have finished massaging your limbs. Try rolling massage. Your baby may enjoy the "rolling massage" of the arms and legs. You can gently roll your hands over the limbs as if you were rolling out dough. Your baby's limbs can do this. Don't tickle while massaging your baby. Massage is for relaxation, and tickling may irritate your baby. You can help your baby develop habits that connect massage time to relaxation and parent-child interaction.

Choose the right massage time

Massage your baby before bed. As mentioned above, massage is a great way to help your baby calm down and get ready for sleep. Doing this at a regular time will help your baby develop good bedtime habits. You can start half an hour before your baby's scheduled bedtime. Massage your baby when they cry. Massage is a great way to bond with your baby and keep them in a good mood. You can massage your baby when they cry. Of course, you'll also want to make sure your baby's other needs are met first so that the baby will feel more comfortable. Otherwise, your baby may cry because of hunger, tiredness, or other reasons. Wait 45 minutes after a meal. Giving your baby a massage right after a meal can cause them an upset stomach. Babies spit up easily, and any kind of massage action can cause this. Before giving your baby a massage, make sure they have enough time to digest the food. Massage your baby when they are in a good mood. Sometimes babies don't like massage and if they show signs of distress then it must be stopped. If your baby is stiff and crying, stop the massage for a while until your baby is in a better mood. If your baby seems to be in pain when you massage, make sure you are gentle and gentle. If your massage technique is fine, then you may need to take your baby to the doctor to find out why your baby is sore when massaged. Have a half hour massage. First massage for five minutes. This can get your baby used to the feeling of being massaged. Take a little more time to massage each time, until about half an hour. This is the best time to massage your baby every day. Massage your baby's legs and feet. Circle your baby's thighs with your thumb and forefinger, stroking gently from thigh to foot, then rubbing their feet with your thumb. Massage your baby's toes while gently bending your baby's knees. You can start anywhere on your baby's body. A lot of people like to start with the legs and feet because babies may kick and wriggle during the massage and they will be happy when you massage their legs and feet. Remember to be very gentle: When you bend your baby's knees, don't pull on their legs or push them too hard. Don't bend too hard if your baby doesn't like it. Massage their chest and abdomen. This part of the massage has a very calming effect. Start by massaging their chest outwards from the center, stroking their skin with your hands as if you were smoothing out a piece of paper. Then, massage their tummy in a clockwise rubbing motion. This is mimicking the path of digestion. Continue this part of the massage until your baby calms down. Massage their head and face. Use your fingers to draw circles on their heads. Gently stroke their foreheads and cheeks with your fingers to give their lips a "smile" look. Avoid the eyes and nose, as getting too close to these areas can be uncomfortable for your baby. Massage their backs. Gently turn your baby over and put them on their tummy. Stroking outward from the center of your baby's back. Instead of kneading like an adult, you rub their shoulders and lower back in a circular motion. The above is some little knowledge about baby massage today, I hope it can be helpful to parents and mothers with babies at home! If you still have some doubts about baby massage, you can consult your doctor in advance! Good doll wish every baby can grow up healthily and happily!
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