SOCIAL SCIENCES

The Little Book of Baby Massage: Use the Power of Touch To Calm Your Baby

DK. Feb. 2020. 144p. ISBN 9781465491077. $14.99. CHILD REARING
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Aromatherapist and infant massage practitioner Kellett states that baby massage is a part of child-care practices around the world. Humans are tactile beings, and physical touch is a way of bonding and promoting healthy communication, as well as aiding physical well-being. Massage may lead to higher levels of melatonin, which in turn provides the sleep so many new parents crave. Also cited as a boost to the immune system, blood circulation, skin tone and texture, and improved digestion, massage requires only a few supplies, most of which parents will already have at home (vegetable oil, towels, wipes, and distraction items to keep the child busy). Kellet provides step-by-step diagrams, along with information about the benefits of each type of massage. She also shares how to incorporate massage at playtime, bedtime, diaper time, and while away from home. Ideas on how to use massage to help alleviate everyday baby health issues (colic, constipation, teething, congestion, and skin issues) are provided. A bonus section includes ideas for massage with toddlers and older children, preemies, and babies with disabilities.
VERDICT An easy-to-use, distinctive resource for new parents interested in baby massage. 

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