V. INTERNATIONAL "BAŞKENT" CONGRESS ON PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Ankara, Turkey, 11 - 12 June 2022, pp.191-199
Infant massage is accepted as a new care method that has positive effects on the infant. Infant mas- sage is not a mechanical routine procedure, it is an easy, inexpensive and effective method that allows parents to establish eye and skin contact with their babies, supporting the development of the baby. In recent years, the number of studies on ınfant massage has been increasing. This study is a literature review. In this study, it was aimed to discuss the positive effects of infant massage on mother and baby. Infant massage is not an action performed mechanically, it is an easy-to-apply, cost-free, non-invasive and effective method that paves the way for mothers and fathers to establish eye and skin contact with their babies, as well as supports the development of babies. With the massage applied to infants, the weight gain of the babies is supported, the digestive system is activated, the defecation is relieved, the gas discharge is facilitated in the colic babies, the body temperature is increased, the hospital stay is shortened, the cortisol and bilirubin levels are reduced, and the immune system is strengthened. In addi- tion, it has been determined that massage reduces bilirubin levels in the treatment of hyperbilirubinemia in premature newborns, and massage applied before heel blood collection reduces pain scores in new- borns. In the light of this information, it can be said that massage applied to newborns and babies pro- vides both parent-baby bonding, and positively affects adaptation to the new world and family relations. It is recommended that midwives, who are closely interested in family, maternal and infant health, add infant massage to their care interventions while planning their care interventions and teach the massage method to the parents.
Keywords: Infant, massage, non-invasive, skin contact