The age-old tradition of massaging babies has many advantages for both the babies and the mothers. It is a highly prevalent practice in Indian society that has been passed from mother to daughters and generations. It is a great way to express your love, care, and affection for your baby. A massage can soothe the baby and help him stay relaxed and comfortable. It also helps the baby to sleep better and cry less. The gentle, rhythmic and soothing stroke of your hands during a massage stimulates the production of the hormone oxytocin in you and your baby. Oxytocin is the hormone that gives you that warm, loving feeling when you hold your baby close or breastfeed her.
Tips to be followed for Baby Massage Therapy:
Tips for giving your baby a Head Massage:
What to do if your baby has a rash or cradle cap?
If your baby has cradle cap, do not pick at it while applying the oil. You will find that if you let the oil sit on your baby’s head overnight, it will help to soften the crust, which should then fall off on its own during the bath or while washing or combing your baby’s hair afterward. Even if it doesn’t, cradle cap doesn’t disturb your baby and is very common. It often goes away on its own as your baby grows.
If your baby has a rash, do not apply any oil or cream to your baby’s skin without first checking with her doctor. If you feel that the rash is caused by the oil or cream you have been using to massage your baby, stop using it and consult her doctor to get advice on which oils or creams will suit the baby.
What to do if your baby has a fever?