Father’s Involvement Reduces Obesity in Children - by admin@mcb on June 13 2017

Father’s Involvement Reduces Obesity in Children

Father’s Involvement Reduces Obesity in Children

Infant massage isn’t just for mothers. In fact, there are several reasons why fathers should be just as involved in childcare, including learning infant massage for their babies.

Infant massage has many benefits for children, as well as benefits to the parents, as prior articles on this blog have detailed. One more benefit can be added to the list: lowering the risk of obesity in children.

A recent analysis of several studies showed that increased participation in childcare by fathers lowered the likelihood of the child becoming obese by age 4 by 33%.

The study followed over 10,000 American children from birth to first grade. All of the children in the study lived in two-parent, heterosexual households where the father was not the primary caregiver. The fathers in the study worked an average 46 hours a week and mothers worked an average 18 hours a week.

Michelle S. Wong, leader of the study, said, “There is growing evidence of the importance of fathers’ involvement in raising children in other areas of children’s development, and our study suggests that there may be benefits to child health as well.” Obesity in children is of growing concern, and something that can reduce it by 33% should be promoted throughout the medical community.

The complete study can be found here.

Include Fathers in Infant Massage Classes

Infant massage courses teach simple, yet effective, techniques for relieving many conditions common to babies. It is simple by design, since it is intended to be easily learned by new parents with no massage therapy training or background. The infant massage certification course offered by Institute of Somatic Therapy also includes movements and stretches designed to stimulate brain development and muscle coordination. To become certified in infant massage, students complete the 16 CE online course, and perform two infant massage classes. For details about the course, click here.

Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider, #280672-00.

Maternal Migraines, Colic Linked - by admin@mcb on May 20 2017

Maternal Migraines, Colic Linked

Maternal Migraines, Colic Linked

Women with a history of migraines have a 50% greater chance of having a baby with colic, a new survey found. Fathers with a history of migraines, however, had a statistically insignificant lower chance of having a baby with colic (29%) compared to father without a history of migraines (31%). The study, conducted in February and March 2017, studied 1010 participants. Colic was defined as the baby crying for at least 3 hours per day for at least 3 days during the prior week. Fussy crying times were most common between 4:00 p.m. and midnight, with the heaviest crying between 8:00 p.m. and midnight.

Parents rated babies with colic as having increased sensitivity to loud noises and strong smells —traits often associated with migraine. Infants with a history of colic are also more likely to experience migraines in their adolescent and adult years.

Lead author Amy Gelfand, MD, director of pediatric headache at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), spoke at the American Headache Society (AHS) 2017 Annual Meeting. She stated that these results should be of interest to obstetricians and pediatricians. “For obstetricians, it’s worth counseling pregnant women with a history of migraine that they are more likely to have a baby with colic — and to let them know that colic is a time-limited phenomenon that isn’t their fault. For primary-care pediatricians, if you’re seeing a colicky baby with a family history of migraine, keep it in the back of your mind that these children may be coming back with headache or migraine at the age of 7 or 8 years old.”

Help for Migraines, Colic

Techniques that the parents reported as having a calming effect to the colicky infants included feeding, gentle rocking, making shushing sounds, and adding white noise.

Because increased colic is linked to maternal migraine, anything to mitigate migraines in pregnant women and mothers may be helpful. Massage therapy, both during pregnancy and postpartum, should help. Infant massage techniques can also be helpful to calm a colicky baby.

Massage Continuing Education Courses

The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers courses in prenatal massage certification and infant massage certification. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. #280672-00. Our courses are valid for most states. Click for information on becoming a Certified Prenatal Massage Therapist and/or a Certified Infant Massage Therapist/Instructor. For both certifications, see our package discount here.

Infant Massage Instructor Teaches Skin-to-Skin Benefits - by admin@mcb on February 21 2017

Infant Massage Instructor Teaches Skin-to-Skin Benefits

Infant Massage and Skin-to-Skin Benefits

Infant massage instructors know that skin-to-skin contact for babies is more scientifically and physiologically based than many people realize. There is a link between the skin and the brain that begins with the very earliest stage of human embryonic development.  Upon conception, the fertilized egg travels to the uterus where it attaches.  The next stage of development is the division of the cell into three “layers”, known as the endoderm, the mesoderm, and the ectoderm.

•    The endoderm develops mainly into organs.
•    The  mesoderm develops mainly into bone and muscle.
•    The ectoderm develops into the SKIN and the BRAIN, and the nervous system.

One way to look at this is to say that “the skin is the outermost part of the brain, and the brain is the innermost part of the skin”.

Because of the link of development between the skin and the brain, a relationship has been shown between skin-to-skin touch after birth and intelligence.  The more tactile stimulation a baby receives in its first months of life up through the first year can impact their brain development permanently.

Skin Contact and Breastfeeding

Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact immediately after birth has significant impact on infant brain development, and also on breastfeeding rates and duration.
One of the earliest studies on infant breast self-attachment was published in the Lancet Medical Journal. Dr. Leonart Righard of Sweden studied the ability of a newborn to breast crawl if it was separated from its mother within the first hour after birth, or was medicated during the birthing process. The study involved 72 vaginally delivered infants. The babies were placed naked on their mother’s stomach and given the opportunity to crawl to the breast on their own. Of the unseparated, unmedicated babies, all 17 crawled to the breast and 16 sucked correctly. Of the separated, medicated babies, 4 made it to breast but all four failed to suckle correctly, while 15 failed to breast crawl at all.

Separation alone, and medication alone also interfered with breast crawling and suckling. Of the separated, unmedicated babies, 14 of 15 crawled to the breast, but only 7 of them sucked correctly. Of the unseparated, medicated babies, 11 crawled to the breast and 8 of them sucked correctly, while 10 failed to breast crawl at all.

For more information on the importance of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact until after the first breastfeeding experience, visit www.breastcrawl.org.

Become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor

To become a Certified Infant Massage Instructor, Institute of Somatic Therapy offers an online massage therapy continuing education course, approved by the NCBTMB for 16 CEs. Click here to enroll today.