Top 5 Benefits of Infant Massage By: Angela Parsons

Top 5 Benefits of Infant Massage

  • Reduce discomfort from constipation and gas
    • Massage to the abdomen is a great way to help get things moving along when your infant is constipated or has increased gas.
  • Help reduce colic
    • If your infant suffers from colic, certain abdominal techniques may help reduce your infant’s discomfort.
  • Promotes bonding between baby and parents
    • Massage can help you learn your infant’s cues and promotes early communication.
  • Improve sleep quality
    • You may find that giving a massage before bed or nap will help your baby sleep.
  • Reduce stress hormones
    • Massage has been shown to reduce the levels of hormones caused by stress including cortisol.

 

References

Field, T., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2001). Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy. Early Child Development and Care, 168, 95-104.

Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M. & Field, T. (2007). Preterm infants show reduced stress behaviors and activity after 5 days of massage therapy. Infant Behavior & Development, 30, 557-61.

 

January 10, 2017