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Baby Rub Down

Bonding through infant massage

(HealthDayNews) -- A wonderful way to bond with your baby is by gently massaging his or her body, says St. Louis Children's Hospital.

Other benefits of infant massage include:

  • Relief from discomfort associated with teething, congestion, gas, colic and emotional distress.
  • Improved muscle tone.
  • Improved digestion.
  • Stress release.

Here's how and when to massage:

  • Hold your baby in your lap and gently rub his or her back, arms and legs.
  • Avoid massaging when your baby is fussy or hungry.
  • An evening massage will help prepare your infant for a good night's sleep.
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