Baby Serenity UK

12/11/2019

Benefits of Infant Massage

Benefits for the Baby and Infant

  • Improves quality of sleep. Often will be a deeper sleep and periods of sleep will be longer
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Encourages relaxation and can be calming for infants and babies
  • Stimulates skin, circulation, respiratory and lymphatic systems
  • Improves sensory awareness and enhances neurological development
  • Can aid the digestive system. Movements can assist with colic and constipation
  • Can improve muscle tone , muscle coordination and motor skills
  • Speeds up myelination of the brain and nervous system
  • Helps the baby/ infant learn about appropriate touch
  • Provides an opportunity for communication between baby and parent and assists with bonding
  • Promotes sense of well being and confidence
  • Boosts baby’s serotonin levels which is known to reduce the risk of SIDS
  • Strokes can be adapted to suit babies and infants with special needs to help them reach their potential
  • Massage can be adapted for all ages and this can go on to provide a more secure relationship with parents, when children are massaged regularly
  • Facilitates body awareness

 

Benefits for the parent or caregiver

  • Aids the parent or caregiver with developing parenting skills
  • Increases the release of prolactin
  • Helps with communication between parent and baby and provides the opportunity for enjoyable, relaxing time together
  • Assists with attachment and bonding between baby and parent
  • Can increase parental confidence and self esteem in looking after baby and responding to their cues
  • Can be a way of releasing stress for parent
  • Provides opportunity for fathers to be involved

 

 

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