NiS is supported and advised by medical experts including GP
and TV doctor Dr Chris Steele, health journalist, medical
author and GP Dr Sarah Brewer, and consultant paediatrician
Dr Colin Michie.
Dr Sarah Brewer answers a number of commonly asked questions
did not massage my baby before he was six months old. Now
he is seven months and I regularly massage him. Kindly advise
if this is right and until what age I should massage him and
how often. Is there a problem if a baby is not massaged at
can be massaged at any age after their first 6-week check.
You can massage a baby once per day if you wish, or just once
a week - whichever suits your lifestyle best. You can massage
your child until they reach any age you feel is appropriate
- there are no 'rules.' Many mums massage their children two
or three times a week after the bath, as part of the ritual
rubbing in of moisturising cream. Be guided by your baby -
if he doesn't seem to like it anymore, or becomes impatient
then he probably doesn't want you to do it any longer. Many
babies are never massaged and this does not lead to any problems
- it is just a nice relaxing activity that helps bond mum
and baby together - whether or not to do it, and how often,
is entirely up to you.
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