Why should you be giving your baby a baby massage (Maalish)?
Massaging a baby, surprisingly benefits the baby as well as the parent. Here, we are exploring some facts and common beliefs surrounding baby massage.
There is no research/study to prove this belief.
On the contrary, one has to keep a check on the hygiene of a professional midwife -maalishwali. They could be vectors for infections from one baby to the other.
Massage is a way to bond with the baby, so professional help doesn’t seem like the best way for this.
Massage is a very good way for the parent to make eye contact with the baby, hum a song to her and bond with her. It stimulates the baby and helps in her growth. It helps the parent have a more meaningful interaction with the baby (than just changing diapers!) So the parent is the best person to give the baby a massage.
Gently massaging a baby’s belly in the clockwise direction can help reduce colic and flatulence. A massage followed up with a warm bath can help the baby sleep. So, massage your baby for the right reasons with the right expectations. Bond with her, love her, that is what she needs the most to grow into a happy individual.
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