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.
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Hi Ladies, my 12 week old has silent reflux, was put on neocate with suspected milk intolerance but symptoms never went away untill we suspected reflux was put on gaviscon, helped alot, still wouldnt sleep in the day would wake crying so was put on losec, been on this for three weeks and stil no improvement. And he has started to spill now with every feed. Im wondering if the neocate isn't right for him and considering normal formula. Or would that make things worse?? Any ideas :) Thanks
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Hi, im after some advice/help. I have a 7 week old son that has been diagnosed with servere reflux and colic.( he also has a upper lip tie and doesnt feed well anyway) We were prescribed infant gavison to help with the reflux but it has blocked him up horrendously. we were told to stop it and have been given a laxative to help clear him out. yesterday the doctor was talking about prescribing him an entensively hydrolysed formula (pepti Junior) and trialing before we can look at the Neocate as she thinks he may have a cows milk allergy. Today she has rung and said there is a new formula out from Karicare. Its called Karicare Plus comfort which is partially hydrolysed. And that i need to pick one and trial it. Im so confused and googling all this info has confused me even more. HELP PLEASE
Hi ladies, is it ok to give a reflux baby infacol wind drops?? Or will it make his reflux worse??? Thanks
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible. Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust (GRSNNZ) appreciates your donations so that we can continue to support families coping with gastric reflux. http://www.givealittle.co.nz/org/GRSNNZ
Can you get samples of Neocate or similar from anywhere?
Does anyone know if there is any kind of parents support page for kids with allergies? Sorry not entirely reflux related but since they often go hand in hand thought id ask here. Thanks :)
The most efficient way to speak to one of the Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ staff is to text a message to 022 585 5935. Include your name, phone numbers or email and a brief explanation of why you are contacting us. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Hi there, I have just today searched for & found your page as I am desperate to find some relief for my 7.5 week old who is in pain & discomfort. My 7 week old was born 4weeks early via c-section & we are seeing a cranio-osteopath for a number of the interventions she needed during & post birth. After the last 2 treatments she has what seems like reflux symptoms, last time (3 weeks ago) was for 6 days, this time we are on day four. She screams for hours after feeds in pain, no holding position really works better than others, we just fluke a good position which may only offer a few minutes relief or she goes into an exhausted pained sleep. She can't sleep on her back in bed during the day (have tried propping it) so I either put her on her tummy (works sometimes) or hold her upright tummy to tummy at varying degrees on me in the ring sling, we need to sleep like that at night sometimes too. She used to wind well & was spilly at times but it didn't seem like an issue. Now she often doesn't burp or spill at all, gets tense & upset instead. Also her saliva gets so thick & it sounds like she's choking & struggling to breathe past it in her throat. I have tried shorter feeds more often but it doesn't really help - and how does this work if she is screaming for 2-3+ hours (more feeding makes it worse) then going to sleep? How will she get enough if every feed is smaller? I don't want to wake her as it all starts again & we both need to recharge too. Any advice much appreciated, I don't know what to do for her & it's so distressing!
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/812388?nlid=35583_2047&src=wnl_edit_medn_peds&uac=76049AV&spon=9 :-) - Conclusion is also that it is likely to do no harm either.
Studies vary too widely in products and dosages used to permit definitive conclusions, investigators say.
HAMILTON people - how many of you are out there and reading this post??? I'm just replying to a message regarding our COGS Funding Application for the Hamilton area. As our Trust has just moved from the Hamilton area to the Canterbury area, they want to know how many people we are supporting in Hamilton on a weekly basis. I know how many members we have in Hamilton, but of course we support more via our website and this Facebook page. Please LIKE this post if you are in Hamilton and reading this BUT only if you are in Hamilton. :-) Many thanks for your help. Roslyn National Coordinator Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ for Parents of Infants and Children Charitable Trust
Constipation with infant gaviscon...just wondering if baby's system "gets used to it"?
Sorry but need to vent...my daughter who is now 18months had a pre-op check today for her grommet procedure on Monday, met with another new doctor today who obviously only briefly read her file and noted reflux she then proceeded to check her arms and state how chubby she was and that would make inserting a drip harder and because she is reflux there is a chance the mask could make her sick - she then stated 'obviously she hasn't got bad reflux because she is still quite chubby!' um, well obviously you haven't been her doctor for the last 18months and have no idea of the ordeal the reflux actually has been fir her or our family...this made me wild! Anyone else encountered this attitude??
To my Gastric Reflux Support Network NZ email address "I am interested in buying some of your products for our clients in Manila Philippines.While surfing for some purchases online,I came across that your company stocks some of our required goods and could help provide this items..." LOL what do they want to purchase??? Screaming sounds, vomit, curdled milk, preloved stained carpets... ;-)