New research from the University of Warwick shows that babies who are massaged cry less and sleep better. Nine separate studies were reviewed by the researchers who found a wide range of benefits linked to infant massage.
According to Angela Underdown to led the team, massage had a positive effect upon the infantsâ€™ release of melatonin, a hormone â€˜important in aiding infantsâ€™ sleeping patterns. The massaged babies also had lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol. The results also indicated that these infants required fewer doctorsâ€™ visits.
Fortunately, these positive benefits continue throughout our lifetime. Previous research on adults and massage had proven its stress relieving and immune enhancing properties.
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