October 30, 2003
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.