Childrens massage from birth is considered one of the best ways to express your love for your child and take care of him for its many benefits, as massage helps to calm the child and help him sleep better and deeper because it relieves and eliminates the pain of colic, constipation and gas. Massage also helps to strengthen bonding and communication between the newborn and the person who massages him, whether the mother or father or even the grandfather and the grandmother.
The best time for massage is between feedings so that the child is awake and calm and not in a state of extreme hunger or satiety, and it is better to incorporate the massage into the child’s daily sleep routine until the maximum benefit from it reaches him.
In this article, we will focus on the importance of oils used during children’s massage, as it is important to make sure of the materials we use with our children, especially those that will enter their bodies.
The type of oil that can be used depends on many factors, some of which depend on the culture of the country, family traditions, different skin types, allergies, availability of oil at different times of the year, cost and finally the health of the child.
As a child massage therapist, I always advise parents when massaging their children using unscented, high-quality vegetable oils cold pressed so that the oil does not lose its nutrient content.
Vegetable oils may be vegetables, fruits, seeds, raw nuts or herbs, compressed without using heat to preserve their beneficial components such as vitamins E, A, B1, B2, B6, calcium and other nutrients.
Such vegetable oils are nutritious for the child’s skin and body and allow the skin to breathe, unlike mineral or manufactured oils that are difficult for the skin to absorb because they leave a buffer layer that prevents the skin from breathing, and it is worth noting that if the child swallows mineral and synthetic oils, a layer may form on the gastrointestinal tract from what It prevents the absorption of nutrients from eaten food and milk.
You can experiment with more than one type of oil until you find the most suitable oil for you and your baby, and don’t forget to store the oil in a cool, dark place to preserve it for a longer time.