One thing to remember is to make sure you sanitize your hands and remove all jewelry before the massage. When applying the lotion to your child, make sure to warm the lotion in your hands to create a relaxed, comfortable experience for them. An important aspect of the massage is to find a manageable position for both you and the baby. I liked to sit on the floor against a wall with a pillow in front of me. This would help me not to tire out when massaging and also provide a sturdy surface to lean against. Another great idea is to use the baby’s changing table. The closeness gives reassurance to the child and the table provides stability.
Many studies have suggested that there are some important benefits to massage for infants such as reducing stress and boosting their immune system. No matter what studies might say, most will agree that it creates a very relaxing environment and can help you feel closer to your baby. I don’t think anyone outgrows the pleasant feeling of a foot massage, so why not keep it up for as long as you and your child enjoy the routine?
Remember, at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates we treat everyone from pediatrics to geriatrics! Call us at (309) 661-9975 or click here to schedule an appointment for a pediatric foot evaluation!