Who said babies’ lives can’t be stressful? Little things can affect their lives, such as feeling hungry, feeling some kind of pain, the restlessness of the environment or even with colic. But luckily there are ways to control and prevent this from affecting your health, such as a massage on your baby, for example, that can relax and relieve your baby’s stress at various times.
Benefits of Baby Massage
It is significant to consider that a massage on the baby not only helps to improve the stress problem, but also brings a series of benefits that also end up helping mothers and fathers, since, improving the coexistence of one, the others are also affected . The main benefits that a baby massage can bring are:
- Corporal conscience
- Contact With Other People
Let’s explore each of these points in more depth to better understand how each of them contributes to babies’ lives.
Babies don’t suddenly learn that they and the rest of the world are different things. The awareness that he exists as a being with other beings is a phase of transition that can be somewhat distressing for the baby, even though it is normal for everyone to go through it.
A massage can help a lot in this sense, since in addition to relaxing, it makes him feel his whole body, be aware of the space he can reach and learn to move in a better way.
Depending on the type of massage on the baby, it can also help in the development of breathing. What happens is that the massage movements on the back stimulate the baby’s rib cage, making him breathe better.
And although this is one of the main benefits for the body, muscles and other organs such as the intestine are also stimulated during massages.
Contact With Other People
The notion of space and of the body itself also makes physical contact with other people a different experience for a baby and that, at times, can even be difficult or stressful. With massages, babies can have this contact more easily, due to the fact that they have greater contact in different parts of the body, with other people.
Although there is a greater facility to have contact with other people, the greatest bond that a baby has is with the mother and a massage can strengthen this even more. The contact between the two is of utmost importance especially for mothers who have suffered from postpartum depression.
Types of Baby Massages
There are several ways a baby can be massaged. Each type of massage can stimulate him differently and make him react in different ways as well. The main types of massage for babies are:
- Back massage
- Feet massage
- Leg Massage
- Belly Massage
A stimulating type of massage that benefits the back muscles and also helps with breathing. One of the most important elements of this type of massage is to perceive the babies’ responses to each movement, so as to create a form that pleases him completely and makes him feel good with this type of contact. This sense of well-being makes all the difference when it comes to creating bonds between mother and baby and even between father and baby.
Foot massage can be very relaxing and pleasurable for a baby. Attention should always be paid to responses to stimuli so that there is a harmony between mother and child or father and child. This type of massage can bring benefits to several other parts of the body.
Leg massage is a type of massage widely accepted by babies, mainly because it is an area where they are not as sensitive to touch. Even so, it is necessary that there is a lot of delicacy for the baby to accept and be able to enjoy the massage.
A lot done to relieve normal babies’ cramps , the belly massage really has the function of helping to make the digestive system work better, like a digestion or gas problem, for example. As with other types of massage, it is necessary for the baby to be receptive so that it works fully and, for that, starting off lightly is the best way.
In the same way that it is impossible to prevent some type of problem from occurring in our lives, it is also possible to make the vast majority of them solve themselves easily. So it is with these little problems with babies like stress or stomach pains.
Massages are relaxing, help in contact with other people, help the baby to have more sense of his own space and make the bonds between parents and children even closer. For all this importance, massages on your baby can and should be done whenever necessary or that you can do.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.