Massage vital for growth of babies: Expert

COIMBATORE, OCT 23

Massage is the best relaxing therapy for your baby, especially in the initial months and it is advisable to give an oil massage right before a bath, as it helps promote blood circulation and stimulates growth says . Dr. Subhashini N.S., Ayurveda Expert, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company.

Advising parents on choosing the right oil for a baby massage, Dr. Subhashini further adds that it is preferable to use a massage oil that has been formulated especially for babies and is free from mineral oil, parabens,and phthalates. A massage oil enriched with Olive Oil and Ashvagandha is recommended, as the herbs are known to help keep the skin healthy.

Olive oil has soothing and antimicrobial properties, which ensurethat baby’s skin is healthy and hydrated. It also strengthens baby’s nails and softens cuticles.

Ashvagandha is a renowned herb in Ayurveda to help soothe baby’s skin, and the antioxidants help boost blood circulation, leaving the skin nourished. Dr. Subhashini further says, “Giving baby a gentle massage in the night helps promote better sleep. Avoid giving a massage right after feeding. Instead,allow a gap of 30-45 minutes between a massage and the feed. Babies usually love their massage time; however, if your newborn is sleepy during the massage, then it might not be the best time.”

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