What are the benefits of massage for newborns?Massage and touch therapy in neonates: the current evidenceIndian Pediatr. 2010 Sep;47(9):771-6.
What are the benefits of massage for newborns?
Studies on the effects of massage in newborns draw attention to the following positive effects;
-Increase in sleep quality, fewer awakenings during sleep, easy falling sleep
-Increase in neuromotor development, decrease in stress level
-More emotional binding
-A significant increase in gastric movements after the massage,
-Feeding into the systemic circulation by absorption,
-Ease in weight gain
-Adjusting the skin temperature by reducing heat dissipation from the skin surface
-Improving skin texture by removing dead skin cells and preventing dry skin and cracking
-Improving skin barrier functions
-Reducing energy consumption and thus ensuring better growth
-Massaging along with physical activity strengthens the bone
-Reduction in hospital infections
Their massage environment should have a soft light, warm temperature, and low noise level. Massages should be performed between meals (45 min-1 hours to prevent vomiting)
People with cardiac disease should not be given massages.