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Is it Safe for Children to Get a Massage?

Alison Weber
Posted by Alison Weber on 12/27/21 7:38 AM

The benefits of infant massage are many, including: strengthened child-parent attachment, colic relief, improved digestion, weight gain, muscle development, increased melatonin production for better sleep, endorphin production for that good feeling, and so much more. Many massage establishments won’t massage minors however, massage is safe for babies and children.

Infant massage has actually been practiced for centuries in Asia and other parts of the world. The benefits of massage for your child are varied and proven in the scientific community and most simply they are not only safe for your little one, but recommended. 

However, you don’t have to take our word for it. For more information about infant massage we recommend researching it further on your own. And we will do the hard work for you, consider reading the following links. 

Infant Massage: The Practice and evidence - base to support it

https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/full/10.12968/bjom.2015.23.3.166

Infant Massage USA Research 

https://www.infantmassageusa.org/research

Always make sure your child is in a comfortable position before a massage. They should be fed, but not too full. Never massage your baby or child if they exhibit symptoms such as vomiting or serious illness. Although some massages are good for congestion relief, headache, and other cold symptoms. It is also important to teach your child about consent and ask permission before giving them a massage. 

 

Benefits of infant massage:

 

Massage can further regulate the beating of your little one’s heart and respiratory system, in addition to increasing muscle development. Massage has even been proven to promote brain growth.

Massage is also a great tool for your little one’s digestion, no matter the age. Abdominal massages for babies can help relieve colic and pass gas, as well as improve digestion for all ages. Babies and children’s digestive systems are not fully developed so this can be a big help while their digestive systems continue to mature. It can even promote the production of growth hormones which can help with weight gain. This can be especially important for premature babies and underweight babies and children.

If your child is stressed, massage reduces stress and anxiety in part to the fact that is increases serotonin, the happy hormone. It can even contribute to the release of endorphins, so a face massage can even help with pain caused by teething.

The reason why our massages help your little one sleep better is due to the fact that massage also helps the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. This plus the higher levels of serotonin, endorphins and relaxed heart rate and breathing will help your baby or child sleep faster and deeper.

Enjoy quality time with your little one with a massage from Storybook, 100% safe and recommended. 

 

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