2.07.2011

Infant Massage Lessens Risk of Neonatal Jaundice

We already know how powerful massage can be for pregnant women and for children suffering from cancer, but now new research says that massage can help newborns lessen the risk of getting neonatal jaundice. Published in The Tohuku Journal of Experimental Medicine, the controlled experiment found that massage therapy lessens neonatal jaundice in full-term newborn infants.

Researchers say the study suggests that baby massage at an early stage after birth could reduce neonatal bilirubin levels, which is what creates the yellow skin color that is a sign of jaundice. Read more about this infant massage research here!

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