Infant massage: Happy baby, happy home

Infant massage: Happy baby, happy home
20/03/2015 Margarida Moreira
Infant massage is a massage therapy that was developed for babies and children, and are fundamental to the physical and psychological development (intellectual and emotional).
Trainers, doctors or nurses educate parents to give massages to the children, teaching the movements and pressure appropriate to the area massage, the age and health of the child.
Health professionals are ones that should perform therapeutic massages prematurely newborns, children with gastrointestinal problems or with disabilities.

Infant massage therapies are very beneficial because:
They stimulate the nervous system to release biochemical substances that relax and increase appetite.
Create and strengthen family relationships, interacting with adults.
Relieve muscle pain and reduce stress.
Therapeutic massage relieves cramps and flatulence, improves muscle spasms and tones the skin and the digestive system.

Infant massage should be performed very carefully to avoid any injury or hematomas.As people who have no technical training the infant massage should not run.
The oils and lotions used in massage can be irritating or create allergies in children and infants (vegetable oils are the most recommended and suitable for sensitive skin, because mineral oils can plug the pores of the skin).

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