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Colin A. Michie
MA.FRCPCH.FLS Consultant
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Dr Sarah Brewer
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Dr Chris Steele
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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

Q: I 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 all?

A: Babies 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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