By Alan Heath
Put aside the day-by-day chores and use this easy-to-follow advisor to spend precise time together with your baby. To a toddler contact is speak, and during those soothing and stress-free ideas you and your baby can percentage probably the most satisfying and communicative moments. There are 4 chapters protecting key thoughts, daily care, therapeutic massage for various age teams and easing universal difficulties. therapeutic massage will come up with the money for you a extra intimate method to convenience, nurture and chill out your child.
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If he cries, use still hands to offer comfort and reassurance. If you respond to his cues and start a little at a time, the massage programme will build up and your baby will soon anticipate and enjoy the massage. WHEN NOT TO MASSAGE Massage or touch techniques can be used to soothe and relax most premature infants. However, when you are using touch with your baby it is important that you watch his reactions, especially if he is in an incubator. You should stop the massage immediately if: ❖ your baby’s colour changes ❖ he vomits ❖ his breathing becomes more rapid or stops ❖ his muscles become tense ❖ his pulse rate increases or becomes slow.
Babies find it reassuring to hear their parents’ voices – their mothers’ voices in particular. It has been found that term babies turn towards their mother’s voice in preference to a stranger’s when only a few days old. This is especially helpful to his well-being and the process of bonding if he is in an incubator. Premature babies should not be massaged initially. This touch may be the first chance you have to be close to your baby. See it as an opportunity to send your love to him. Choose a time when he is RESEARCH EVIDENCE A research study was conducted in 1995 in the USA to identify a type of touch that parents might be able to give their premature babies in the first three weeks of life, when they may be ill and physiologically unstable.
INDIAN MASSAGE POSITIONS ACROSS THE LAP Use the techniques given for Back of the Baby (see pages 26–31), performing them with your baby lying across your lap. Once she has learned to turn over, she may not want to spend as much time on her back, so this position may be preferable. You can also perform stretches (see pages 36–39), but you may need to bring her slightly closer to you in order to massage her head and face (see pages 32–35). 53 E V E RY DAY C A R E AFRICAN MASSAGE ❖ D AILY CHILD CARE in many parts of Africa includes baby massage.
Baby Massage by Alan Heath