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A planned vaginal breech birth

tongue tie in baby - a personal breastfeeding stuggle

Developmental Baby Massage techniques with spasticity and cerebral palsy.
See www.thebabieswebsite.com  Max’s Story. A number of short films available to view Max’s progress over the past three years.

Developmental Baby Massage techniques with ‘floppy babies’
Also available for viewing via www.thebabieswebsite.com are three short films showing progress of baby Beau 10 weeks, no head control and sleeping for 22 hours a day.

Developmental Baby Massage teachers always massage away from the babies heart, because the baby’s circulatory system is not fully developed at birth and consequently for some time after the birth the extremities of the baby’s body remain the coldest parts.
Massaging towards the extremities relaxes the muscles and reduces physiological flexion. This encourages more movement and blood flow to assist circulation and warm these parts of the baby’s body.
The practice of massaging towards the heart is directed towards assisting the venous return against gravity for adults, especially those with varicose veins. Massaging towards the heart in young babies is not recommended. www.thebabieswebsite.com

Developmental Baby Massage teachers teach sitting and standing using techniques that encourage ‘grounding’
The new year should also see a whole new re-assessment in the way that children are taught to sit and to stand, based upon Developmental Baby Massage techniques.  To teach and encourage babies from the very start of life to work with gravity.  To ensure squatting is encouraged before standing and that babies are no longer pulled up by their hands into a sitting position. Also for the use of baby walkers, baby bouncers and baby bumbo’s to be individually appraised.
www.thebabieswebsite.com

To a baby, touch is talk
People have been massaging babies for centuries, it’s only now that the western world has realised that something as simple as massaging your baby from birth can give you both a unique range of benefits.
Research tells us that ‘touch’ is a primal need, and the first important mode of communication between a mother and her new baby. This is why of skin-to-skin at birth is important and why, when you’re baby cries you are compelled to pick him up and comfort him.
Baby massage encourages a good relationship between parent and baby. It provides quality time to be together, not changing nappies, making dinner, shopping or sterilizing bottles. By giving baby massage parents find it relaxing, peaceful and calming.
Massaging baby is also ideal for Dads to become involved and in touch with their babies. Fathers can be wonderful at baby massage and it can give them positive interaction and a special bond with their baby at a time when he can easily feel left out.
Additional to the obvious benefits of bonding, the one-on-one interaction of baby massage is a tool for maintaining your child's health and well-being. It:

  • encourages motor development, structural fitness, muscular coordination and flexibility
  • deepens breathing rhythm, inducing relaxation which supports better quality sleep
  • improves circulation which strengthens immunity.
  • stimulates digestion which relieves pain from wind, constipation and colic.

  • Colic, Constipation and Reflux
    Those three little words can strike fear into the hearts of new parents. Endless hours of crying, sleepless nights and emotional exhaustion for all of you.
    For those coping with a very windy or colicky baby, help is at hand. Massage techniques can ease pain and discomfort and help baby to relax. Massage can help to disperse wind, ease muscle spasm, tone the digestive system and help it to work efficiently. It is not a miracle cure and can take a few days to ease, but in my experience it can be more effective than simply waiting for them to grow out of it or using every pharmaceutical remedy available.
You can learn techniques through a book or video, but the most effective way is to attend a class run by a local teacher of baby massage.

 





 

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