Tiny touch

Massage is beneficial even for infants, nurses learn

By Cindy Yurth
Tséyi’ Bureau

CHINLE, Aug. 14, 2014

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(Times photo – Donovan Quintero)

TOP: Delilah Browne from Cottonwood, Ariz., kisses the bottom of her baby’s feet during a class on how to massage a baby at the Chinle Indian Health Service Health Promotion Department in Chinle on Friday.

BOTTOM: One-month-old baby Sunflower Browne lies comfortably on a pillow while her mom learns how to massage her feet during a class on how to massage a baby at the Chinle Indian Health Services Health Promotions Department on Friday.

We all know why adults need massage.

The stress of everyday life, overdoing it at the gym, the aches and pains of getting older … all these can leave tension in your body that a trained massage therapist can expertly smooth away.

But why would your baby need a massage? Hopefully, her life is not all that stressful. If you are the good parent we believe you to be, you are feeding her whenever she’s hungry, changing her when she’s wet, and otherwise seeing to her every need.

But your baby does need a massage. And when you hear all the reasons, you will feel guilty for not having been doing it since she was born.

Luckily, 18 neonatal nurses and other employees of the Indian Health Service in Chinle learned last week not only how to massage infants and young toddlers but how to teach their parents to do it.

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