Touch is as key as food and sleep for babies

Massaging your baby is as important as nutrition, say experts

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Mum’s touch is just as important as nutrition and sleep for babies and small children, according to Miami University’s Dr Field.

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“Massages help babies to sleep early and reduces the probability of them awakening at night,” said consultant paediatrician Dr Zulkifli, who released the findings.

Studies showed that massaging a baby helps to stimulate their bone growth by 15%, also giving better motor growth. This then improve a baby’s muscles, balance and orientation – important factors when the baby learns to stand and walk.

Baby massages have also been stressed as important by Johnson & Johnson director, Stanford Guo.

“Apart from nutrition or mother milk, the touch from the mother has the most effective effect on the baby. A touch is a form of physical expression that indicates love and correct techniques are good for the babies physical and emotional development,” Stanford said.

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Touch therapy helps premature babies to gain weight fast, improves the breathing of children with asthma and allows diabetic children to react positively to treatment, the studies also showed.

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