Infants spend 40 weeks encapsulated in a warm environment that is gently moving and massaging them throughout. At birth that constant movement stops and its effect felt by the infant abruptly. There are many positive reasons to continue stimulating the infant. An infant’s musculoskeletal system is in a uniquely precarious position and especially benefits from any assistance they can get. It may seem intuitive that human beings enjoy being touched; however, the medical benefits can still be surprising as the immediate effects appear merely psychological. It would be a mistake to think that massaging an infant contributes only to the psychological bonding or mental welfare of the baby and/or parent when the physical yields abound, as well.
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