How to massage my newborn baby

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    C. Kimbrough

    Hello! My newborn baby—he’s two months old now—has cramps frequently in stomach… and therefore he’s crying all the time. I don’t know what to do, so I’ve started reading here on the internet and I found several websites saying that there exist also massages for babies —something like “infant massages”—, so I was wondering if you could give be further info on this matter. Cramps start especially when I nurse him, is this normal? In case all this was true, please how could I massage my baby carefully?

    Thanks!!

    November 30, 2015 at 9:41 am
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    Sandra F.
    Fertility counselor

    Hello C. Kimbrough,

    It has been proved that massaging your newborn is highly beneficial for them. Among the many positive side effects, I’d like to highlight the following: increase in baby’s weight gain, improvement of baby neurological development, diminished amount of necessary hospitalization days, it can be a wonderful way to bond, massages produce an analgesic effect and eases the process of digestion.

    Thus, by massaging your baby, it is true that you can prevent those cramps produced by breastfeeding you are mentioning. An example of infant massage is that type in which you put light pressure while massaging his stomach in circular movements, in a clockwise direction. Back or neck massages may be also beneficial for the baby, as well as placing a temperate-warm towel onto his abdominal area.

    Hope this helps and your baby feels way better soon 🙂

    December 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm
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    maryparrish

    My dear, ‘infant massages’ do really work. It helped my baby to get over the back issue and pain when she was 2 months old. If I were in your shoes, I would not do it myself, but let the professionals do their work. The infant’s body is so vulnerable and easy to hurt. You can harm the baby’s body with no intention to do so… There are so many services nowadays, just give it a try and ask Google. But be careful and never do it yourself at that early age.

    July 8, 2017 at 2:23 am
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