Good Beginnings 16: Infant Massage Aids in Comforting, Bonding, and Development in Babies
Touching is the first communication a baby receives, and this week First 5 LA explains how parents can use infant massage to bond, comfort, and help babies develop.
Featured will be a Lancaster mother, Sonia Jacobs, who uses infant massage to calm and relax her four-month old daughter, Jacinda.
"Before I learned how to massage her, Jacinda was extremely fussy in the morning and every evening, she would have a crying fit that would last 1-2 hours," Jacobs said. "We tried everything, but she was inconsolable. The morning Dr. Elaine showed me how to massage her, she went to sleep easily without a whimper--she became a new baby."
Elaine Fogel Schneider, a nationally-recognized expert on infant massage, says that such success stories are not unusual.
"Massage can have a remarkable effect on not only colicky infants, but can also reduce constipation, ease growing pains, strengthen the immune system, and help brain and muscle development," Schneider said. "It also helps caregivers gain confidence and learn how to read their baby's cues, developing secure attachments."
Tips to Soothe and Comfort Your Baby
1. Stay calm and breathe
2. Observe behavior patterns
3. Offer one stroke at a time
4. Take as much time as needed
5. Hum, sing, use a gentle voice
6. Enjoy your TouchTime™ moments
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