There are many ways of massaging babies but the main factors are to simply to get started, listen to your instincts and observe a few basic guidelines. Preferably remove any rings from your fingers as shown by Paediatric Physio Canberra professionals. Massage your baby in a room where you are both comfortable. Make sure there are no distractions and play gentle, soothing music.
You will need a soft, firm surface on which to massage your baby. You must be comfortable and your back should be straight, especially when bending forward. Sit on the floor with your baby in front of you. The following positions work well experiment until you find one that works for you. Sit on a cushion with your legs crossed. Kneel on a cushion. You can also place a cushion on the backs of your calves. under your buttocks.
Sit on a cushion with your legs out-stretched on either side of your baby. Lay your baby on a clean, soft towel. Keep in mind that massage oils may stain a carpet or your clothes.
Room temperature should be comfortable. If you are completely comfortable in short sleeves, your baby should be fine without any heating. In very warm areas you can massage your baby outside.
Use easily absorbed pure oils with subtle scents. Store oils in easy-to-dispense bottles to ensure that you don’t have to take your hands completely away from your baby. Once you are ready to start, take off your baby’s clothes and nappy, and lie her down in front of you with her feet closest to your body. Incorporating touch into everyday care.
You may feel clumsy and nervous at first. but soon cleaning and grooming your baby will be a breeze. Simply follow our guide to safe. effective hygiene from birth. The cord is clamped with a disposable peg immediately following birth. at roughly a thumb’s length from your baby’s navel. This clamp should be removed by the time you leave the hospital and a midwife will show you how to clean the stump during your baby’s first bathing demonstration by Paediatric Physio Canberra.
Once cord blood supply is cut off, the cells die quickly and the cord dehydrates, falling off in the first ten days or so. If you find that the cord remains wet, soft and sticky. speak to your midwife. since the clamp may not have closed properly. Once home, check the cord regularly and if you notice any pus. a smell, red ring or rash around the skin in the navel area, take your baby to the doctor or clinic.
After bathing, dry the wet cord well and apply powder or surgical spirits to the stump using an ear bud.