Oil massage is one of the must do things for babies. As per Ayurveda, it is recommended for healthy children of all age. The selection of Ayurvedic oil depends largely on the baby’s skin tone, overall built, general health etc. Hence it is better to consult an Ayurvedic doctor for the advice. However, there are certain mistakes to avoid while doing oil massage to baby.
Applying too much of pressure: It might cause pain and discomfort to the patient. Very gentle pressure or just smearing the oil over the skin is good enough.
Contact to eyes: Many of the herbal oil ingredients will be hot in potency and may irritate eyes of the baby.
Entry into mouth: May induce throat irritation and vomiting.
Holding the baby in your hands: Because the oil is very slippery, the baby may slip out of your hand. So, make her sit on a mat or a soft towel.
Allowing the baby to crawl around after massage: Baby may slip and fall. Keep all the things that you need near you, before you start the massage. Do not leave the baby alone, after applying the oil.
Massaging while baby has cold and fever: Massage is best avoided during cold and fever.
Using cold water for bathing – After massage, only lukewarm water should be used for massage. Otherwise, the applied oil might remain back on the skin.
Leaving the oil on the body for more time: Ideally, 10 – 15 minutes gap between oil massage and bathing is good enough for babies.
Massage soon after or just before feeding – This may cause indigestion or vomiting. Ideally, there should be a minimum gap of 30 – 45 minutes between feeding and massage.
Using a very cold oil for massage: If you live in a cold area, or during winter, it makes sense to heat the oil to 40 degree Celsius before using for massage.
You, watching TV, Facebook / twitter while massaging: Better watch your lovely baby than other watching other stuff.Overall, oil massage to your baby is a good way to promote body strength and immunity, if done the right way.
I live in a cold country. My baby is four months old. Can I use Nalpamaradhi thailam for him?
Is it okay to use, as the climate here s cold? Also I was advised that not to use any soap for baby so is it must that I should wash off this thailam using soap. I am now applying coconut oil and don’t use any soap.
I do not think just hot water wash will get rid of the applied oil.
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