Saturday, 11 July 2015

Is Massage really important for the development of a Baby

It has been always stressed in our households that babies need regular massage to help the in the development of strong bones and msucles .So how true is this claim ? Or are we following it blindly just like we do so many rituals and customs.

What does Science say 

Medical research has found that human babies deprived of touch showed decreased growth hormone and developed a condition called psychosocial dwarfism; even worse they also did not grow when given injections of growth hormone. Only when given human touch did these infants grow. This finding implies that touch causes something beneficial to take place at the cellular level that makes the cells respond to the circulating growth hormone .

Research also shows that babies receiving extra touch become better organized. They sleep better at night, fuss less during the day, and relate better to caregivers’ interactions. Touch settles babies. Massage can be a wonderful tool for helping your baby go to sleep at night.

 Researchers believe that touch promotes the growth of myelin, the insulating material around nerves that makes nerve impulses travel faster .

It also promotes a healthier parent and baby relationship and a happier parenting experience ,the parents who touch their babies more often have been shown to be less  stressed than the ones who do not touch their baby as frequently .





Most common popular baby oils contain mineral oil or  Paraffin as the only or primary ingredient .Unfortunately, the use of mineral oil in so many products has more to do with its cost than it's helpfulness in helping the baby maintain a clear and  healthy skin.Before the invention of synthetic oil, mineral oil was predominantly used as a mechanical lubricant. According to the Environmental Working Group, mineral oil and paraffin is derived from petroleum and may be contaminated with cancer-causing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Mineral oil acts as a moisturizing agent only to the extent that it keeps the area of skin that it is applied to moist. Mineral oil provides no nutrients whatsoever.

Which Oil is best for Baby Massage 

Edible oils like Coconut oil, Almond oil, Olive oil or Avocado oils are best for the baby , with least skin irritating properties and also rich in natural Vitamin E and lipids that protect the skin .

Dabur Baby Massage Oil prohibits the use of any form of artificial colours in any of its products. Also the Dabur Baby products are Paraffin and Paraben Free, unlike most other baby products present in the market, which are considered to be strong/ harsh ingredients when it comes to the baby's skin. Dabur Baby Massage Oil is a unique blend of premium natural oils like - Olive & Almond which provide the baby the required nourishment.

How to massage your Baby

Choose a comfortable place and limit distractions like harsh light and loud noises ,the place should be calm ,dry and peaceful . Look your baby in the eye, grasp his/her  legs and bicycle them while speaking softly to the baby .

Rub using a gentle twisting or "milking" motion. Roll the arms and legs between your hands, and press your thumbs gently into his body. Finish with light strokes to the leg. The massage should not be vigorous ,firm but gentle pressure should be applied .


Go ahead , trust the age old wisdom and massage your baby to better health  .Trust me you will benefit even  more from it than your baby !

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