Tuesday, 25 January 2011

How Baby Massage can Help Coughs & Colds

The flu season is most definitely upon us. The changing temperatures have meant that most of us have caught some kind of bug. Of course, it’s not a big deal to adults - we understand what’s happening to us, we can get some bed rest and take the appropriate medication without too much drama. However, it’s not so easy with babies. We need to do everything we can to try to help make them feel comfortable and help ease their symptoms in the least invasive way possible.

Tiddley Pom - the first ever spa treatment range for babies - has teamed up with a baby masseuse to demonstrate how baby massage can help alleviate congestion. The video can be viewed on an exclusive Tiddley Pom DVD and parts of it can also be viewed for free on You Tube:

The expert masseuse provides step-by-step instructions about how to massage your baby and throughout the video - which features a few very contented looking babies - explains what she is doing and why.

“We all know that baby massage is a wonderful way to create a bond with baby that can last a lifetime,” says Emma Nash, founder of Tiddley Pom. “But there are so many other wonderful benefits too! Babies spend a lot of time lying down which makes them congested when they have a cough or a cold. Their sinuses may cause them pressure, pain and discomfort and chests can get particularly congested. Massage techniques can help to both sooth congestion and relax the baby.”

Baby massage can also help improve baby’s circulation by taking the blood out to the extremities more effectively and can even help improve baby’s nervous system, increasing the communication between the brain and the body! Emma Nash has also devised a general and simple to follow step-by-step guide for baby massage at home she hopes will help parents learn how easy and rewarding it is to do:

Step-by-Step Guide for Baby Massage at Home

It is easy to prepare for baby massage at home. Ensure the room is warm, the lighting is soft and gentle music is in the background.

Spread towels on the floor and dress comfortably. Light a couple of candles if this is in the evening prior to baby’s bedtime.

(This routine is a vital bonding element between mother and baby in the first few formative months of your new baby’s life).

Warm a teaspoon of Tiddley Pom’s Organic Massage Oil in your hands. Apply to baby’s arms one at a time, maintaining eye contact with them at all times.

Keeping in time with the beat of the music gently, but firmly, massage baby’s arms and hands paying special
attention to all the tiny creases and folds in the skin.

Work up their tiny shoulders and onto their tummies. Working in small clockwise circular movements, massage baby’s tummy area for about a minute.

Move down to their legs, giving them a gentle stretch followed by deep thumb pressure to the underneath of their tiny feet.

Turn baby over ensuring that their airway is free and gently work up and down their backs.

Turn baby back over and wrap the towel around them.

The Tiddley Pom Organic Massage Oil retails at £7.99 and comes in a 150ml bottle. It features an ingenious spray pump which means that no oil is wasted and you don’t end up with oil everywhere it shouldn’t be!

About Emma Nash, Tiddley Pom’s founder

Emma is not just another other mother turned businesswoman. She comes from an aromatherapy background and was an expert in that field first before launching Tiddley Pom. “I was not just someone who had a baby and decided to make toys or baby food. I had always thought one day I would have my own range.”

Emma had worked on various product lines for well-known spa and beauty retailers, including several for babies. She also previously worked at The Children’s Trust, a rehabilitation centre for children with profound and multiple disabilities, where she saw for herself the powerful effects of multi-sensory stimulation.

Tiddley Pom launched in Christmas 2009 with the Baby’s First Christmas gift set. The full-sized versions of the range were launched in June 2010.

for more information (and the possibility to request a free sample) : http://tiddley-pom.com/

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  1. this is really interesting, thanks for the article

  2. This is really interesting as my baby girl has a really bad cough at the minute and I just don't know what to do!

  3. Awww hope she gets better soon, and hope this helps :-)

  4. Always great to have alternative ways of massaging.

  5. I'd love to do massage my newborn but its either she is too young or something else- she always starts crying when being dressed/undressed/taken out of the bath...