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Baby Massage – Why to Do It


Many parents find that giving baby a gentle massage before bedtime helps them to settle down and get ready to fall asleep, especially if you give them massages regularly as part of a bed time routine. Many babies fall asleep during massages (a lot like some adults), but even if they don’t, a baby massage can help them sleep better. And, of course, that means that you’ll get to sleep a little better, too.

Babies can benefit from a massage from the time you bring them home in most cases, though you shouldn’t massage a baby if she has skin abrasions, cuts, or has recently had surgery. In most cases, you should also refrain from massaging your baby if she is sick.

You can massage your baby anytime, but most parents find that babies enjoy it best between bath time and bed time. Start by talking to your baby in soothing tones as you take her out of the bath and dry her off. Continue to gently speak to her as you lay her down on a flat surface. It’s best if the surface is soft, such as a favorite blanket or a nice, soft pillow. Please note, though, that you shouldn’t leave your baby on these surfaces to sleep, due to the possibility of SIDS. If baby falls asleep during the massage, lay her on her back in her crib.

When you’re ready to begin the massage, place baby on her tummy. Put a small amount of baby oil on your hands and rub it in a bit to warm it up. Most parents prefer using unscented baby oil, as some of the scented oils may irritate baby’s skin.

Start by massaging baby’s head and temples by making gentle, circular motions. All of the touch involved in baby massage should be gentle. She’ll have plenty of time for deep tissue massages when she grows up.

Massaging a baby is a fairly simple affair, and as long as you are gentle, there really isn’t any way you can mess it up. After you are done with baby’s head, work your way down to the shoulders, then to the back. Take your time and get all of baby’s body parts. Massage her arms, hands, and fingers.

After you’re done with the shoulders, arms, and back, move down to baby’s bottom and legs. Again, take your time. Most babies enjoy being massaged, and there’s no need to rush through it. The work will pay off soon enough when baby is sound asleep and you have some time to rest yourself.

Of course, if you find that your baby does not like having certain parts of her body massaged, you can always skip over them. Conversely, if there are parts of the massage that your baby particularly enjoys, feel free to spend more time there.

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A Look at Klinefelter Syndrome

Klinefelter syndrome, sometimes referred to as XXY syndrome or 47,XXY is a genetic condition that affects males.  Most males normally have one X and one Y chromosome; males that have Klinefelter syndrome have one extra copy of the X chromosome.  This chromosomal abnormality can affect sexual development and cause other abnormalities.  Klinefelter syndrome appears in about 1 in 750 males.  More rare are particular variants of Klinefelter syndrome, in which the male has more than just one extra copy of the X chromosome.

Some men with the extra X chromosome present no symptoms and lead normal lives.  Many others, however, may experience a variety of difficulties.  Development of the sexual organs may not proceed normally.  When the testicles do not develop normally, affected males will likely have lower levels of testosterone.  A lack of testosterone can create breast development, infertility, and reduced facial and body hair.

Other problems caused by Klinefelter syndrome can include delayed speech and language development, delayed emotional development, behavioral problems, and increased risk of breast cancer and systemic lupus erythematosus, a chronic inflammatory disease.

Cases in which the male has more than just one extra copy of the X chromosome may cause more severe disabilities, including learning delays, sexual dysfunction, and distorted facial features.

Klinefelter syndrome is not passed on from parent to child.  Instead, it typically occurs as the result of an error in the process of cell division that produces sperm or egg.  There are no known ways to predict whether this error will occur.  Prenatal testing does not typically include screening for Klinefelter syndrome.

Klinefelter Syndrome is typically diagnosed as a boy enters puberty.  Early diagnosis can assist greatly, as any social and developmental problems can be addressed sooner, and appropriate educational interventions can be determined.

The primary treatment for Klinefelter syndrome includes hormone replacement.  Treatment of the symptoms of Klinefelter Syndrome may, for example, include speech therapy for speech and language delays, or counseling and social skills training for behavioral problems.

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Relieving Your Baby’s Gas


Gas is just one of those things that babies have to deal with. Unfortunately, for some babies, it may be somewhat difficult to pass gas from time to time. Other babies have gas more often than some babies do. If you have a baby with both of these conditions – she is very gassy, but also has trouble passing that gas – it can be a very difficult combination.

Several different things can cause your baby to have gas. For the newborn baby, gas is something that occurs naturally because of digesting lactose and other ingredients found both in breast milk and in baby formula.

Not only that, babies often take an air bubble in via the mouth, especially during feeding. This, as a matter of fact, is why you want to burp your baby regularly during the feeding process. About once every four minutes or so is a good rule of thumb.

For some babies, even overstimulation can cause gas. Just like an older child or an adult may get an upset belly when they experience stress or sensory overload, the same thing can happen to a baby.

Here are some ways to reduce your baby’s gas:

  • Burp your baby during feeding. Here again, you should do this about every four minutes or so. This will help expel air that’s stuck in your baby’s stomach.
  • Try infant massage. There are a variety of infant massage techniques you can use that will not only help relieve your baby’s gas, but will help with bonding with your baby and make him more comfortable.
  • Consider gripe water or herbal remedies. There are a number of different products meant for helping baby deal with gas. Gripe water, for example, contains specific nutrients and herbs that can reduce your baby’s gas greatly.

Gas isn’t something you can avoid entirely. Every baby is going to have some gas. It’s actually a sign that things in the digestive tract are working properly. When your baby is upset because of gas, however, you can follow some of these tips to help her get some relief and to make her more comfortable.

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