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.
I don't know if this is the right site but my mum is being treated for reflux which has brought on burning mouth syndrome.
All her food tasted awful and was wondering if anyone has any tips if dealing or getting rid of this?
Thank you x
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Please note, from this article that raising the head of the bed to reduce gastro-oesophageal reflux is NOT recommended and is shown to be ineffective.
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I'm hoping someone here can share their experience with me as I'm at my wits end. My daughter is nearly 11 months old and has had chronic vomiting since she was about 5-6 months old (full feed vomits till there was nothing left, gagging, up to 9 times in 24hrs). After no doctors taking me seriously, and seeing 3 different doctors we finally got a barium swallow test done after taking her to the hospital out of desperation and it showed that she has severe reflux. I have accidentally eliminated gluten which has helped immensely but we still get 2-3 vomits a day. I'm waiting to hear from a paediatric doctor at the hospital for a follow up after the test but I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this and what eventually helped? Or was it a case of managing it until they grow out of it? She was given liquid omeprazole a week ago but that only made it worse so i stopped giving it to her. Thanks in advance x
My sons 3 months, we've been in hospital his whole life but hoping to go home in next couple of days. He has liquad omeprozol via NG, i've heard that you have to pick it up from the pharmacy really reguarly be because once made up it looses it effectiveness quickly. How often do i need to get it made up?
This may need adapting a bit for infants and of course remember to think about allergens but some great advice: http://www.drlibby.com/stress/nutrients-herbs-help-children-calm-relaxed/?utm_campaign=December+Newsletter&utm_content=control&utm_medium=email&utm_source=vero&utm_term=Newsletter&vero_conv=365086097
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My 7 week old has reflux. We went to see the paediatrician yesterday and he gave us Pepti Jr to try. Im dairy free as still partially breast feeding. He also prescribed neocate as a back up. Just wondering on anyone's thoughts about pepti jr as have heard alot of people haven't had any luck on it.
Help please. Our 4 month old suffers from silent reflux, he's been on omeprazole for 2 months now. Initially we saw significant improvement (different baby!). Unfortunately, things have really started to plateau (worsen) over the last week. We have had 3 consecutive nights of holding him right throughout the entire night. Any attempt to move him from being held completely upright see's him wake within seconds and start screaming in pain. It's harrowing. We have been advised by our Dr to increase his dose to (20mg) he's currently on (15mg). I'm really concerned as I feel there's going to be nowhere left to go if he doesn't grow out of the reflux soon :( Has anyone switched medicine from omeprazole to something else with good results? Can anyone please recommend a good paediatrician in the Auckland area who specialises in reflux? We're feeling a bit gutted in this household as we thought things were under control but definitely not the case at the moment :(
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Help please! Miss 7mths was finally diagnosed with reflux 2wks ago. She was pretty god during the day, no spilling anymore, crying occasionally with what I thought was wind but must have been acid, worst was getting her settled at night, took a couple of hours. We started on Gaviscon and it was great the first few days, except neither Dr nor chemist told me of constipation side effect (still not sure if we have her constipation sorted). So last Friday saw the Dr and got omeprazole, at first it helped but have found I still have to give gaviscon at bedtime breastfeed otherwise she won't settle. Now I am concerned as I just saw on the forum a post about omeprazole in suspension not being as effective and this is what we have. Also saw the comment about giving it with milk so it isn't affected by stomach acid. Chemist told me to give it 1/2hr before her first breastfeed of the day, I usually manage to give it 15-30min prior to feed. Finding I still can't give her a breastfeed or water too close to a sleep otherwise she wakes crying (usually wakes and just chats to herself) after about 30-45min, this is worrying me with this Auckland heat and humidity that she isn't having fluids often enough during the day. Maybe this is still happening due to Omeprazole not working properly?
Now I don't know what to do. I am not looking for medical advice as such but I don't know if I can believe the advice of the Dr and Chemist who don't seem to be very knowledgeable about reflux. Do I still give it suspension or ask for granules? Suspension with a feed or before? My other 3 kids didn't have reflux and I am feeling very lost
Has anyone's baby got worse with their reflux after taking Ompremazole?It seems my wee grand daughter is.Any answers would be grateful.Thank you
Hi Moms out there! I am in South Africa and my little girl has just turned 2 years last week!
She was diagnosed with silent reflux about 7 months ago and is currently on Zantac. I am at wits end.. still wakes up three times a night and just can't deal right now. We feel like zombies since the day she was born. We must sound like terrible parents but the lack of sleep is unbearable and the sleepless nights are relentless. She is now eating only gluten free food but there has been no difference
. Are there any parents out there experiencing the same thing... i am just so heart broken for my little angel! thank you
Time for a cuppa chamomile tea and a gingerbread star...whilst I work.
What are you doing today?
Help! How long does omeprazole take to kick in? I thought I saw on here someone say that they had to use gaviscon till it started working but the pharmacist told me it should work straight away. Yesterday was miss 7mths 2nd day of omeprazole and no gaviscon and we had a terrible night last night, she was hard to settle and didn't sleep well. At 2am I gave her gaviscon and she slept about 3-4hrs which was blast nights longest stretch. Just wondering if the omeprazole isn't working at its full potential yet. Thanks heaps
Does anyone have a child with laryngeophyrangeal reflux? My son was diagnosed a few months ago and has been on treatment with amazing results (thank goodness). Im just wondering if there is anything else I can do for him, and also if there is an average age they grow out of it. He is 20 months now. Thankyou
Gastric Reflux Support Network's page has got much busier and there are more posts to the page.
Thanks to everyone who keeps on answering. I can't keep up, but it is wonderful to see everyone coming here for support.
Roslyn, National Coordinator.
Has anyone used goats formula on their wee one with a dairy allergy? Am starting my twins on it today as one has dairy allergy and am exhausted from breast feeding so going to do a couple of bottle feeds per day
Hello. I read on the website that it recommends the NUK brown rubber teat pacifier. Does anyone know why in particular and where to purchase? Thanks.
A question on giving up dairy for relux please...
Do you need to go 100% dairy free or does cutting back help? I drink ALOT of milk (ill go through nearly 4 litres a week, bit excessive). Can I still have milk in tea/a small amount of cheese etc, or do i need to go 100 % cold turkey?
My daughter is 2.5 weeks old and is doing alot of regurgitating, back arching/night crying, has acid smelling breath, gets frequent hiccups, coughs and gags alot and cries every time I lay her down. Shall I book a GP visit ASAP? What is usually the first treatment they try?
Many thanks :)
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Are there any breastfeeding Mums out there? My little girl is about to turn 7mths and has finally been diagnosed with silent reflux (alot of people dismissed me when I suggested it months ago). We have started on Gaviscon sachets nearly 48hrs ago and she is much better especially at settling in the evening. She is usually OK at night so haven't given her the powder when she wakes at night yet. Any tips on how to use at night? I have been mixing it up and syringing it into her mouth. Packet says not to make up in advance but I wondered if I could for nighttime so I don't have to make it up when she wakes. Thanks
Anyone else dealing with older children with reflux would love to hear from you my Miss 11 year old seems to be having a relapse . So after nearly 4 years losec free in this household we have it back.