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New York, NY (Vital Juice Daily) May 2, 2008 --
Just like a stressed-out mom, a baby loves a good massage. Studies show it can promote healthy weight gain, contribute to better sleep, improve parent-child communication and enhance baby’s digestive system.
No need to take your infant to a posh baby spa for a rub-down; you can do it yourself. Tina Allen, pediatric massage specialist and founder of Liddle Kidz Foundation, a children’s health and nurturing touch organization, gives us some tips:
First start by asking permission to touch. Asking permission establishes a routine of respect that grows with a child throughout their life.
Start with the hands, arms, legs, feet, back and face. Use simple strokes with warmed, flat hands while making eye contact. Talk to your baby throughout the massage.
If your baby is not enjoying stroking, you can also simply place your hands on a body area and gently hug the area.
Make it part of your daily routine—try doing it before or after a bath or before bedtime.
Liddle Kidz Foundation
Kristina Leone, Program Coordinator
asst2tinaallen @ liddlekidz.com