Posts Tagged ‘baby’

Massage Increases Weight Gain in Pre-Term Infants

This month’s Journal of Perinatology published an interesting study by the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The study found that massage with is a relatively simple and inexpensive intervention that can improve weight gain in selected preterm infants.

None of us would want to be the any of the babies in the control group! (The ones not receiving massage.)

“Massage with kinesthetic stimulation improves weight gain in preterm infants.” Journal of Perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2009 May;29(5):352-7. PMID: 19148112


Massage Reduces Hospital Stay in Pre-Term Babies

The December edition of the Journal of Perinatology published a great research study performed at a nursing school in Brazil. The study found that in the case of premature babies born at 32 weeks or less, those who received massage were released from the hospital an average of 7 days before their non-massaged counterparts. Neonatal sepsis was also greatly reduced in this group.

No big surprise there.
“Massage therapy reduces hospital stay and occurrence of late-onset sepsis in very preterm neonates.” Journal of Perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2008 Dec;28(12):815-20. PMID: 18633421


Infant Massage and Your Baby

Written by Andrew Stratton

There is a growing trend towards infant massage. Some mothers are learning these special techniques, or taking their children to baby classes where they can learn the proper movements.

There is actually proof that these rubdown techniques not only relax your baby, but more importantly, aid in their development into intelligent, happy children who are fully aware of the world around them.

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