Interaction and Communication between parents and babies through Touch

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Touch has long been researched but we yet need to know more about it since its effects are of such magnitude. Touch is the most essential communication channel for babies because they sense, understand and experience it more than any other stimulation. Babies need to be touched because it affects their mind and bodies' development, health and strengthens their bond with parents resulting in happier family life and facilitated development later in life. The benefits of this interaction are short term and long term if touch is properly administered at this early age. Physiological changes, action readiness, valenced emotions, discrete emotions, and most essential of all, love w\along with safety and security, are communicated to babies when they are touched. All parents should take time to learn about touch and use this knowledge to improve their children's quality of life.


Infant massage, the practice of massaging particular areas of a baby's body with gentleness and love is well established and taught by many institutions devoted to teaching parents necessary skills for child rearing.

The key to successful infant massage is to remember that is it meant to be a pleasure for both parent and child. The setting should be comfortable for both parties. A warm room, pillows, blankets, hand cream to keep the parent's hands soft and lots of love are important when preparing (Make Way For Baby!® 1999-2001). It's recommended to perform the massage at least half an hour after the baby has eaten at when he/she is calm as well as the parent (Make Way For Baby!® 1999-2001). The massage itself "flows" from head to toes with minor pressure. The pressure used should be about the same as the pressure one can put on closed eyelids without irritating the eyes (Make Way For Baby!® 1999-2001).