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Touch therapy for children of all ages

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Touch can truly have amazing effects on children of all ages!

Research shows that touch is truly fundamental to human communication bonding, and is essential to a child’s development, sense of wellbeing, and good health. Touch therapy can help children who have difficulty sleeping, reduce anxiety, and improve a child’s ability to focus and concentrate. It can also ease many physical and emotional symptoms associated with paediatric medical conditions. Babies need touch and attention to thrive. As they grow up, they continue to need regular touch and attention to become warm, caring, and independent people. Researchers at Harvard University report that “physical contact and reassurance” will make children more secure and better able to form adult relationships when they finally head out on their own. Can help reduce stress hormone levels, which in turn strengthens the immune system to help the body stay healthy and strong. What’s more, children who learn to view touch positively are more likely to grow up to be adults with healthy self-esteem, a sense of security, and proper boundaries for intimate relationships.

Touch therapy for babies

When babies come out of a warm and very cosy womb, they get bombarded by an overload of unfamiliar sensory stimulation, including the emotional energy of people around them, that they are unequipped to handle. So they react with tension and frustration by either crying or withdrawing, which is why many newborns fall asleep when they’re in a noisy restaurant. White noise is a proven infant sleep aid. An experimental study of newborns, 80% of infants assigned to hear playbacks of white noise fell asleep spontaneously within five minutes, while only 25% of control infants fell asleep spontaneously. Baby massage is a valuable tool for parents because it helps your baby learn how to handle stimulation and stress and respond to it calmly. Since about 80% of a baby’s communication is through body movement, touch is one of the most effective ways to communicate with your baby. When you get to know your baby’s body, you’ll have a good sense when something feels “off”. For example, when you feel your baby’s tummy, and it is a bit harder than normal, you’ll realise that gas bubbles may be causing irritability.

Benefits

There’s significant scientific evidence that regular massage gives your child a physical, emotional, and intellectual advantage for a healthy childhood. Clinical studies led by Tiffany Field, at the University of Miami Touch Research Institute, showed that: Babies who are massaged appear more active and alert and have faster neurological development than babies who are not massaged. Full-term babies who are massaged regularly cry less, experience less stress, enjoy better circulation and digestion and develop stronger and healthier minds and bodies. Baby massage is especially helpful for premature babies!

Twenty premature babies massaged for fifteen minutes, three times a day, for two weeks gained 47% more weight than babies without a massage. They were also discharged six days earlier which can save parents a lot of money. It’s the greatest feeling in the world when a fussy baby calms down and stares into your eyes during a massage. There’s nothing more important than a healthy and happy baby. So enjoy this special time with your child, and touch your baby with your hands and your heart.

Read more at https://expatlifeinthailand.com/health-and-beauty/touch-therapy-for-children-of-all-ages/

Source: Expat Life Thailand

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