Infant Massage for Adopted and Fostered Babies

For Adopted and Fostered Babies

As we have discussed, massage has been proven to increase closeness as well as all the fantastic benefits for carers and babies. Massage is a great ‘getting to know you’ tool and enforces the power of positive touch. For babies that may not have experienced loving touch, or have experienced pain or suffering, massage can work wonders and the benefits can be seen very quickly. Trust has to be earned and boundaries respected however gentle massage is a perfect non-verbal way to express your love for them.

Comments (2)

  1. Kate Jenkins
    8th September 2011 at 8:40 am Reply

    For a child that has not bonded with its mother, is it imperative that the mother do the baby massage (to form a bond)and not the nanny?

    • Helen
      27th September 2011 at 10:48 am Reply

      Ideally it is the mother if the initial aim is bonding, however for a bonded baby who suffers with colic or other physical concern and is looked after and massaged by a nanny, the baby will receive all the wonderful benefits of the massage.

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