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
heard that massaging my baby after changing his nappy is good
for him. How do I do this?
It is thought that the healing power of touch means that babies
who are massaged regularly are more active, fall asleep better
and gain more weight than unmassaged babies - as well as being
better tempered, more sociable and less likely to cry.
- Only start to massage your baby if he is in good health
and has passed his six-week health check.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before you start and remove
any jewellery and your watch.
- Play some quiet, relaxing music. Show your baby lots
of love and affection during the massage and talk or
sing quietly to him throughout, maintaining eye contact
as much as possible.
- Make sure the room is warm, wrap your naked baby in
a fluffy towel and place him on a soft changing mat
on the floor.
- Pour a little baby oil or lotion into your hands and
rub them together to warm them.
- Gently stroke your baby's chest using sweeping, gliding
motions that are firm enough not to tickle but gentle
enough not to hurt. You can also make small circular
motions with your thumbs.
- Repeat the massage on his arms, tummy, legs and back.
- Be careful holding your baby afterwards as he will be
Some babies get upset during their first massage. If so, wrap your
baby in the towel and cuddle him close. Try again another
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