The effects of baby massage on physical development of infant

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Studies have shown that baby massage help infants and children grow up healthier physically and mentally. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of baby massage on infants' body weight, length, head circumference, chest circumference, food intake, and excretion. The subjects of this study were healthy infants of age 0 to 18 months recruited from the daycare center. A total of 30 participants were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups, with 15 infants, respectively. The parents of the experimental group took an baby massage course for one hour each week for four consecutive weeks, and the parents performed baby massages for their infants during the study period, while the parents of the control group did not receive any course and thus did not massage their infants. The researchers measured the height, weight, head circumferences, and bust circumferences of the participating infants. The parents were asked to fill out the questionnaire and to provide their baby's physical condition before the first week and after the end of the fourth week of the massage. After the baby massage period, the average daily intake of non-staple foods in the experimental group was significantly higher than that in the control group, but no significant differences were found in the weight, length, head, and bust circumferences, average daily milk intake, number of urination and stool.


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