Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;Baby Massage on Arms & Hands

In the previous entry titled “Yassy’s note: Liam in NICU;day 15- day 19“, I wrote Liam came to our family about 3 weeks early and he has spent next 3 weeks in NICU.

During the second week at NICU, me and my husband learned about the baby massage and in this entry, I would like to share how you can massage your baby’s Arms and Hands.

For overall baby massage information and how to baby massage on legs and feet,please read the previous entry “Yassy’s note;Liam in NICU; Baby massage on legs and feet”.

Baby massage 1-2-3..

Sit on the floor with your baby right in front of you on the blanket.

Start with a gentle conversation to your baby.I used to talk to Liam while I touch/stroke his head to catches his attention.

If the baby were quiet ,calm, and in gentle mood, then gently massage baby’s body section by section.

Massage is not like recipes for one dish. You would work section by section first. Then, when the baby got used to the whole idea of being massaged, then, you can do a few techniques in one session.

If you see your baby yawning,trying to get away from you or crying etc (sign of stress) ..,stop  the massage and done for the day.

For today, I will introduce how you can baby massage on arms and hands using the print out we got from NICU.

You can click the picture to enlarge them.

Baby massage; Arms and hands

Baby massage arms and hands blog 1

Pit stop (good from 0 years old) ; 1 set (right and left one time each) is good

  • Place a couple of drops of oil in your hands and rub your palms together. Make sure you are not wearing jewelry.
  • Hold baby’s hand in yours and hold that hand up as if raising hand
  • Use your other hand to stroke the armpit towards the waist
  • Repeat with other side

According to my Japanese e-magazine article, armpits are easy spot to get heat rash and it is also the spot where the clothe could rub against and easily gets stimulated.

By massaging the armpit area, you can retaining the heat and you can keep the skin trouble at bay.. Of course, creaming the moisturizer after bath every day is needed to keep the skin supple and prevent the heat rash from happening.

Indian milking on arms

  • Place a couple of drops of oil in your hands and rub your palms together. Make sure you are not wearing jewelry.
  • Support baby’s wrist with one hand
  • With the other hand, form the letter “C” and wrap around baby’s armpit
  • Move in long sweeping strokes towards the wrist
  • When you reach the wrist, swap hands and repeat the movement

According to Japanese e-magazine article, arms placement for this technique; Indian milking for arms, is a little different.

Since babies tend to have arms bent, and making fists often, they recommend to massage the area by straightening the arms and open the fists.

The way they do is as following

  • Place a couple of drops of oil in your hands and rub your palms together. Make sure you are not wearing jewelry.
  • place baby’s arms on the floor inner side up, and support baby’s wrist with one hand
  • With the other hand, form the letter “C” and wrap around baby’s armpit/shoulder
  • Move in long sweeping strokes towards the wrist and stroke to the hand (not stopping at wrist point)
  • When you reach the tip of their hand, swap hands and repeat the movement

They say that by massaging arms to straighten, and hands open,it encourage the hands development (Sense of fingers;grasping/holding etc..)

Finger roll

  • Roll each finger between your thumb and index finger and pull (letting baby’s finger slip through your grasp) just like you did on their toes.
  • Now repeat the moves on the other side

Top of hands

  •  Open baby’s hand and support the hand with one hand
  • Gently stroke the palm and top of the hand with other hand towards fingers

Circle around wrist

  • Hold baby’s hand so your thumbs will be on your baby’s top of the wrist
  • Then, using your thumb, gently press around the wrist area in small circles

Swedish Milking

  • Hold your baby’s wrist with one hand and with other hands, gently stroke baby’s arm from wrist side towards armpit/shoulder

You can find more with illustration at infant massage USA PDF documents here.

Stay tuned for more on baby massage.

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Sep 24, 2015 | 0 | parenting

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