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Benefits of Nurturing Touch Massage for Premature Infants

Infants learn about their environment through the sense of touch. It is a critical component of mutual responsiveness and the way an infant comes to know himself or herself and others.

At Learn Nurturing Touch, I will teach you to how to read your baby’s stress and behavioral cues. This way, you can avoid adding to their stress while providing safe, positive, and loving communication through touch.

“Image of a Preemie I worked with"

The Three Types of Nurturing Touch

The nurturing touch massage is a powerful and loving means of communication between the parent and the baby.

It can be delivered in the following ways:

• Hand Containment

• Skin-to-Skin/Kangaroo Care

• Preemie Nurturing Touch/Massage

The Benefits of Infant/Child Massage

Skin is the first sense organ to develop and is crucial to an infant’s ability to thrive. Regular massage has many benefits for the youngest family member, including:

  • Ease Symptoms Associated With Colic, Gas, and Constipation
  • Ease Symptoms Associated With Growing and Teething Pain
  • Helps with drug-addicted babies
  • Improve Sleep
  • Reduce Tension, Stress, Fussiness, and Crying 
  • Helps parents to bond and attach with their infant

Other benefits include:

  • Improve Compliance With Insulin and Food Regulation in Youngsters With Juvenile
  • Diabetes
  • Improve Face-to-Face Interactions and Baby’s Overall Happiness
  • Improve Growth, Motor, and Mental Development
  • Improve Pulmonary Function in Children With Asthma
  • Increase Bone Mineralization in Premature Infants
  • Lessen Anxiety and Improve Behavior in Children
  • Promote Enjoyment of Touch by Lowering Tactile Defensiveness in Babies With
  • Developmental Delays
  • Reduce Behavioral Issues and Improve Social Relations in Children With Autism
  • Regulate Hypersensitivity or Hyposensitivity to Touch in Babies With Developmental Delays
  • Relax Stiff Muscles and Build Muscle Tone in Hypertonic Babies

More Reasons to Give Your Baby

a Massage Therapy

According to a study conducted by Florida State University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association:
“A mother’s gentle crooning and massaging improves her infant’s oxygen saturation levels, increases weight gain, and shortens the duration of hospital stay.”

“A Picture of Me With a Preemie and His Mother”

In addition, studies have shown that massage can help to promote growth and development in premature babies. Additionally, these help to promote better health in children with illnesses such as asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, and diabetes. Other published studies have shown that massage therapy can help children with autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and developmental disabilities.

Depending on the baby’s weight, gestational age, and other medical guidelines, you will learn the best form of touch that will benefit your precious little ones. Infants who receive the nurturing touch massage therapy benefit in many ways. 

More studies have shown that it helps:

  • Avoid Touch Aversion
  • Decrease the Need for Longer Hospital Stay
  • Decrease Stress Levels
  • Form a Stronger Bond With Parents
  • Improve Baby’s Sleep Patterns
  • Improve Mother’s Lactation
  • Improve Sensory Awareness
  • Increase Weight Gain
  • Stabilize Heart Rates and Body Temperatures

Give Your Baby the Best Form of Care

Communicate your love to your infant even before they’re born. Contact my office to discuss your options. Whether you are on Long Island, New York or other select areas in Florida, I can help give the tender loving care your baby needs.

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