10 DecWeekly Note: Massage & Touch
Infant massage is sometimes referred to as intentional touch. It is touching that is purely for the sake of touching – not to change a diaper, feed or clothe a baby. – but simply to effect pleasure.
What Does Massage do for Your Baby?
Gentle touch improves the function of all the sustaining systems of baby: respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminative, nervous and endocrine. Touch changes behavior patterns, reducing fear and excitement thresholds and increasing gentleness, calmness and friendliness. Massage naturally includes the key components for forming healthy attachments: eye contact, skin contact, vocalization, and communication.
This article is short and is packed with tons of reasons to massage and hold your baby. It is a really great article and I very much encourage you to take the time to read it. Click HERE.
This article is also very good and has information on how brain development is fostered by touch. Click HERE.
Touch allows us to connect without fear.