Massaging baby is one of the most important aspects of raising your infant. It is crucial for those initial months where growth is quite rapid and the baby does not move around much, which can cause some level of fatigue on the muscles. But along with facts about baby massage, a lot of myths have been doing the rounds, not just now, but since ages. A lot of our age old practices have not been right and today, we would be debunking 5 of the most common myths about baby massage!
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You can reshape the nose, or head with appropriate massage strokes
Children are born with bones and features that change drastically within the first year. They are destined to take a certain shape, which is often dependent on the genes. Rubbing the nose a certain way, or pressing the head a bit much, would not make it change shape. It shall eventually turn out to be as its genes guide it to be.
Only a masseuse (maalish wali ) or an older, experienced woman should massage the baby
There is no rocket science in massaging a baby (though many would believe otherwise). Some gentle strokes and learning certain directions of movement can make you a pro in no time. Ask your doctor about massage strokes and read relevant, valid information from reliable sources. That should help you massage your baby. In fact, we insist that the parent should massage their own baby.
Baby massage makes the bones strong
Well, if that was the case, calcium could go take a walk in the park! Massage does help in toning up baby’s muscles, but does not really strengthen the bones. On the other hand, it is a great skin – to – skin activity that helps build a better bond between the parent and child.
You should start baby massage as soon as possible
One of the biggest myths about baby massage is that you should start massage as soon as you can after the baby is born. In actuality, you should wait for at least 2 -3 weeks before you begin massaging your baby. The baby’s skin is excessively sensitive when they are born, making massage an uncomfortable activity. One of the reasons why little babies develop acne like eruptions on their skin and face is because of massage on their extra-sensitive skin.
Rigorous massage is good massage
This is by far the worst myth that has travelled through generations. Making the baby cry, or massaging the baby rigorously or with a lot of pressure is devastating for the child. The massage session is meant to be pleasant and enjoyable for both, the parent and the child. If the child is uneasy, or is crying because of the massage, stop massaging immediately as it may be hurting or harming the child.
Massage time is one of the sessions that parents can seek immense benefit from. It is a time to bond better with your child and spend quality time. Ensure that it is enjoyable for the child as well as you.
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