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Massage for promoting mental and physical health in typically developing infants under the age of six months (Review)

 Bennett C, Underdown A, Barlow J

This Systematic Review is available to download as a PDF:Massage for promoting mental and physical health in typically developing infants under the age of six months (Review)(PDF Document)

Background

Infant massage is increasingly being used in the community with babies and their primary caregivers. Anecdotal reports suggest benefits for sleep, respiration and elimination, the reduction of colic and wind, and improved growth. Infant massage is also thought to reduce infant stress and promote positive parent-infant interaction.

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Objectives

The aim of this review was to assess whether infant massage is effective in promoting infant physical and mental health in low-risk, population samples.

 

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