How to massage the newborn?
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This article is written for those parents who want to see their kids healthy and happy. In it you will learn how to massage a newborn, and why this massage is necessary. With this and begin.
Why does the newborn need a massage
Surely, many of you have heard of this phenomenon,as a muscle hypertonia. Such a condition of the muscles means that they work with a high load and almost all the time are in a stressed state. The nervous system undergoes a serious test. So hypertension is characteristic for 90% of infants. The fact is that the brain, as well as the peripheral nerves of the baby, are still in a state of development and can not yet function fully. If, in addition, your child has been subjected to any negative mental effects, and you have not taken any measures for rehabilitation, problems can most likely not be avoided. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to poor performance of the child's limbs, impaired coordination, and delay in the development of speech skills. And one of the most effective ways to cope with muscle hypertension in a newborn is massage. Correctly performed massage for newborns at home can remove from the muscles, as well as from the entire nervous system, excess tension, which will allow the child to develop correctly. We will continue to talk about such techniques.
Massage for newborns at home
First of all, consider the following fact, provenrepeatedly on the experience of different families: massage the child must definitely like. If during the procedures your baby starts to cry or even starts hysterics, this massage should be stopped immediately, as it will lead to even the opposite result. Therefore, you need to learn how to massage yourself: the kid is much more likely to trust mom and dad than other aunts and uncles, even very good doctors. Can I learn how to do this massage for newborns on my own - without getting medical education? Yes, it's real. Only one remark: before performing any procedures, it is necessary to consult with a good pediatrician. And more: be sure to visit the children's massage courses, where they will tell you in detail and show what exercises you can perform, and what you can not do. As for the sensations that the child receives during the massage, nothing can compare with the warmth and tenderness of my mother's caring hands. And any qualified pediatrician will tell you in this connection that the best effect of massage is achieved when he is made a mother who has learned this technique. Now let's talk about individual methods of children's massage, breaking them into thematic chapters.
Practically any massage begins with hands. The newborn's massage is not an exception. Put your crumb on the back, take it by the handle with one hand, and with the other hand, start gently and slowly stroke it, moving the hand from the shoulder to the wrist of the baby's handle. This cycle needs to be repeated 5 to 7 times, and then do the same with the other small handle. Now turn the baby on his tummy and massage the small handles in turn in the same way and from the outside. I emphasize once again: hands should be given a lot of attention, because massage of children's pens is often the key to removing the hypertonic muscle of the newborn.
Turn the baby to the back and start massaginglegs in the same way as you applied to the handles. It is necessary to take in turn both legs and iron the baby from the hip to the foot, while stretching the joints of the ankles and knees. After that, flip your crumb on your tummy and do the same on the other side. Pay attention to the feet that need to be massaged, gently pressing on them and leading them with your fingers.
After you have paid attention to the limbs,you can go to the stomach and back. Put the baby on your back and start stroking the stomach in a circular motion clockwise around the navel, and then start gently rubbing the baby's sides. The benefit of a belly massage is that it not only relieves tension in this area and soothes the baby, but is also very effective in normalizing digestion in a baby. By the way, to make the umbilical cord grow faster, you can use this technique: move around the navel with your fingers bent several times.
Back massage is very important, especially forthe formation of correct posture of the child and strengthening of the spine. Therefore, turn the baby on your stomach and proceed to the procedure. Massage the back of a newborn should be done this way: first stroke the back with your hands, then you can do rubbing and kneading movements (only carefully!) And even lightly pat the baby on the back. Remember also that all movements should be light and without any pressing.
Things to remember when massaging
Before you do massage for newborns at home, you need to remember the following important rules.
- Be sure to cut your fingernails and take offHand all the jewelry so that they do not damage the delicate skin of your baby. Needless to say, but still: hands should also be clean and dry, so as not to expose the child to the risk of infection and that the procedure was as pleasant as possible for your baby.
- All movements should be gentle, soft and neitherin which case not strong and not sharp - the organs of the newborn are still too weak and careless movement can cause a trauma to the child. At the same time, do not go to the other extreme - tickle the child, too, do not need to, but you just need to gently stroke, slightly massaging.
- Immediately before the massage, it would be useful to ventilate the room, and in the room itself the temperature should be 23-25 degrees, so that the child was comfortable.
- During the massage, talk gently and calmly with the child, the sounds of the parental speech soothe the babies and cause much more confidence in the procedure.
Compliance with these simple rules will allow youbring maximum benefit to the baby. If you still do not know where to start and how to start a massage, look at the video of a newborn massage, in which everything is not only explained in detail, but also shown. And, as we have already said, an excellent solution will be to attend a child's massage course, which is conducted by a pediatrician who has good reviews.