Understand the benefits of infant massage
Staff at the Mayo Clinic
Massage for your infant is a gentle approach to nurture and spend time with him or her. Learn about the benefits of infant massage as well as how to get started.
What are the advantages of massaging an infant
When should I give my infant a massage
What is the best way to massage my baby
Is it necessary to apply oil
It’s entirely up to you. Some parents like to use oil to prevent friction between their hands and the baby’s skin during infant massage, while others find it excessively messy. If you’re going to use oil, make sure it’s odourless and edible, just in case your child swallows it. If your baby has sensitive skin or allergies, test the oil on a small patch of skin and wait for a reaction.