The following information on the benefits of infant massage has been provided with permission by the International Association of Infant Massage for family’s living with Infant Gastric Reflux.
The four main benefits were originally defined by IAIM founder, Vimala McClure.
STIMULATION RELIEF RELAXATION INTERACTION
STIMULATION – INCLUDES ALL BODY SYSTEMS
- Digestive system
- Circulatory system
- Lymphatic system
- Immune system
- Nervous system
- Brain development
- Muscular development and tone
- Hormonal system
- Skin stimulation
- Body awareness
RELIEF – HELPS WITH
- Excess mucus
- Sinus congestion
- Digestive pains (Including Gastric Reflux GORD)
- Muscular tension
- Sensitivity to touch
RELAXATION – MAY BE DEMONSTRATED OR EXPERIENCED BY
- Increased deep sleep
- Regulation of behavioural states
- Lowering high muscular tones
- Increased flexibility
- Reduction of stress levels
- Higher tolerance to touch
- Higher levels of oxytocin
- Enjoyable positive “time out”
- Less hyper – activity
- Less hyper – sensitivity
- Increased environmental coping mechanisms
INTERACTION – INCLUDES
- Better understanding of baby
- Reading individual cues
- Secure attachment
- Promotion of bonding
- Verbal/non verbal communication
- One to one quality time
- Undivided attention
- Pre-language communication skills
- Nurturing touch
- Eye contact, talking, singing, smelling
- Influence of calming hormones
BENEFITS FOR PARENTS
- Gives parents permission to touch (that is not sexual or “sissy or abusive.)
- Helps parents to fall in love with their baby.
- Quality time. Time to connect.
- Develops intimate communication.
- Teaches nurturing parenting skills.
- Gives a greater awareness of baby’s physical, mental and emotional needs.
- Increases parents’ confidence, competence and self esteem.
- Develops bonding/attachment.
- Allows for fathers involvement. Dads are wanting to do the nurturing today. Baby will tell his story during massage and Dad’s can play an important role by simply “listening”.
- Massage can involve the whole family unit. The second sibling can also learning to massage and to bond with the new baby which can help prevent any jealousy between siblings.
- Postnatal depression (also known as Postnatal distress disorder). We can encourage mother to stay in bed for three days with baby. Mother needs some support. She may be very depressed, and possibly father may be resentful of mother’s depression. There needs to be an understanding these to emotions. If this is not faced, it will affect the baby. If the father learns to massage baby, this produces the hormone prolactin in the father, which can help him become a more nurturing parent.
- In many cases, massage has helped to improve the parent relationship. This allows more time together to nurture each other. There are huge adjustments to make when a baby arrives on the scene. We are not educated for marriage, let alone parenting!
- If father is made to be part of massage from the beginning, this aids and supports the family unit.
- Can prevent disintegration of the family unit.
- Massage brings about a subtle awareness of baby’s cues and cries.
Communication skills and bonding deepen through the art of massage, because of the eye to eye contact, the nurturing touch, the gentleness of the voice, and through learning to listen to each other.
What is the result? – Fun, pleasure, relaxation, peace and tranquility.
Spiritual connection. Through learning to tune in on different levels, baby will have a sense of being loved, nurtured and wanted and parent will want to continue to offer their love to their vulnerable little angel.
PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR MASSAGE
- Premature baby under 1000 gms – can use holding techniques
- Fever about 101° F or 38.3° C
- Heart disease – greater demands on heart
- Umbilicus unhealed
- Systemic infections – chicken pox
- Skin infections
- Cancer or undiagnosed lumps
- Fracture, bleeding, burns or other acute injury
- Kidney disease
- Adaptations for special needs babies
- Recent surgery – can use holding techniques
- Most important of all is, “WHEN BABY SAYS NO”.
IAIM – Promoting better beginnings. For further information and training please contact: Peggy Dawson P.O. Box 33997 Takapuna, Auckland. Copyright belongs to International Association of Infant Massage.
- An intricate dance – The loving relationship between IAIM
- May I touch you? By Emma Miller, North Carolina, U.S.A.
- Article Health visitor run baby massage classes: investigating the effects.3
Community Practitioner volume 76 April 2003 Number 4
For copies please contact GRSNNZ or IAIM
Collected for GRSNNZ by Jennifer Howard, National Coordinator for Crying Over Spilt Milk Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust January 2006. Used with permission.
This page may be printed for the personal use of families, as long as the copyright and source (i.e. Crying Over Spilt Milk’s URL) is also printed. It may not be copied to other websites or publications without permission from IAIM.
A Good News Story ... http://www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/his-gastric-reflux-stopped/
Hi Roslyn, Thanks for the updates over the past several months. I am leaving the group as my little boy no longer suffers from gastric reflux and is also no longer dairy intolerant! FYI he was on Neocate from 3 months old and had a combination of formula and my milk until he was 7.5 months. ...
Hi. My boy is 6.5 wks. He started screaming at 3 wks. Became unsettled for periods of up to nearly 12hrs without sleep. He's been on formula as my milk never came in. He gets about 100-200 ml breastmilk /dy I pump. He started spilling/vomiting a lot at 4.5wks old.started losec 9 dys ago-frm GP. Saw paediatriciAn 4 dys ago and started amino acid formula to check for CMA. I feel things improved a bit about 4 dys after losec started. Also he seemed great once on th amino acid formula but thn yesterday was his old really bad self - fussed all day 10am-4pm thn really distressed n frantic 4-9pm. He's been ok today.i also started adding karicare thickener 2 dys ago. His first poo day after starting amino acid formula was soft n ok but I thnk he might b constipated with th thickener. He really had to push to get yesterday's out n was very sticky. Anyone else experience this? What do you do? I've heard lactulose and prune juice etc can make reflux/ wind worse. I thought about halving th amt thickener I'm using.also his vomiting better on th new formula I think but still occasional. He vomited Sunday night n mayb brought th losec up- could 1 missed dose like thts make him bad th next day like he was? Any opinions greatly appreciated
Please consider joining Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust for access to our Newsletters and Private Local and National Support Networks: http://www.reflux.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/grsnnz-membership-confidentiality-agreement-form/ Membership is free, and this gives you opportunities to discuss gastric reflux related issues with others in a safe and confidential setting. If you have completed a membership form previously, but never received anything further, please message me (Roslyn Ballantyne at https://www.facebook.com/roslyn.ballantyne.rn ) or comment below. The membership sign-up had been a double opt-in with a confirmation email, but as some people have had trouble with this, I've now changed it to a single opt-in. (I do still need to process applications and add you manually to your Local Support Networks though.)
Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants & Children Charitable Trust Membership & Confidentiality Agreement Form / Newsletter Admin PageFirst NameLast nameEmailStreet AddressCity/TownAreaPostcodeDo you live in NZ?Country and Area if not NZHome Phone (include area code)Partner's NameE…
Hi I'm a bit confused. I filled out th membership form on th cryingspiltmilk main page. Do I need to do anything else? I see there's a forum somewhere else - kiwi health or something? Or do I just post n use this Facebook page? I'm thnking you hav th older site but most people jst use this Facebook page now yeah? Ta :) I hav a 6 wks old beautiful boy who has been in so much pain been breaking my heart but I'm jst getting things in motion now to help I thnk. Saw paediatriciAn few dys ago n hav started losec gaviscon mylanta and amino acid formula with karicare thickener
Hiya, I'm starting to introduce solids to my almost 6 month old and just wondering if there are any foods that any of you have found to be better than others and which ones to avoid? TIA. :-)
Other information here: http://www.lalecheleague.org.nz/news-a-events/lllnz-conference-2014/312-lllnz-50th-anniversary-conference-2014
Anyone want to help? I know you all have plenty to say. ;-)
And just in case you missed the post and the opportunity to help others through.........In five words, no more no less, share some inspirational advice to parents that are struggling with a newborn suffering from colic, reflux and inconsolable crying. If there are enough submissions I will post these on my website and perhaps in my book - Prevent and Remedy Colic, Reflux, Lactose and Dairy Overload Naturally - which is off to the proof readers this week!! http://www.naturalwinding.com/book/
A new story: http://www.cryingoverspiltmilk.co.nz/ryans-story-of-reflux-and-christinas-story-of-pnd/ Thank you, Christina.
I don’t really know where to begin with my story of Ryan and his reflux, and me with Post Natal Depression. I used to feel very sad thinking of all the precious time that was robbed from us. I loved Ryan from the moment I saw him, and he was a dream baby up until two weeks of age. ...
Hi my 7 week old, breastfed baby started showing signs of reflux recently so I went to the GP and was prescribed Gaviscon sachets. I'm having trouble giving it to her, but it seems to be working. She usually goes poos after every feed but since starting the Gaviscon (monday) she has only been once. She strains and cries. Not sure what i safe to give her to help as she is so young? Thanks
Hi there My 8 week old boy is formula fed and is now trialing gaviscon for his silent reflux, already I feel like it is making a difference but I am worried about the possible constipation the gaviscon may cause...how do you parents relieve constipation in young babies? I know about the cooled boiled water but are there any other remedies that are worth knowing about? Or tricks that can maybe help avoid constipation?
Hi, would you say it's a reflux symptom to bring up small vomits between feeds? Like an hour or so after eating? I keep being told that's normal, but it doesn't feel normal? My baby is only 4 weeks old though, so it's hard to me to tell what's normal and what isn't.
Hi, my 10 week old is trialling gaviscon to see if it helps with her (potential) reflux. She isnt a miserable baby, but she does scream if I put her down in the daytime, she has a persistent cough, a husky voice (this developed over the last week), and she spills even hours after a feed. Does this sound like reflux? If so, how do I get her to keep the gaviscon down? It says to give it to her after a feed, but she vomits straight after a feed...also is it worth going dairy free to see if this helps? Finding the spilling and coughing and husky voice quite upsetting, it must be horrible for her :(