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Safety Tips for Massaging Your Baby

by Maxine
Posted August 18 2010 11:00am
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Our experts have created these safety tips to help you when you’re massaging your baby. Remember, it’s a great idea to learn about baby massage from a certified Infant Massage Instructor.

  • Do not massage a baby that is sick or has a fever.
  • Do not massage over areas that have a rash or are red. This could cause further irritation to these areas and may be painful for your baby.
  • Avoid using nut-based oils when doing massage to decrease the risk of an allergic reaction.
  • Do not use oils around baby's eyes or mouth, as these may get into their eyes or mouth during massage.

Sources: Tina Holden, Child, Youth & Family Consultant, British Columbia.
Jill Vyse, Massage Therapist, International Association of Infant Massage, Canadian Chapter.

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