Published: Sunday 01 November 2020
This question was asked at our October live Q&A session for To Baby and Beyond students past and present. Other questions that were asked are listed at the end of the article.
The general advice is to not massage baby until at least 24 - 48 hours after any immunisation. This is principally because baby has been injected with a vaccine, and we don’t want to interfere with how that interacts with baby’s body. Often handling the physical effects of a vaccination is a fair challenge for little babies and adding the baby massage experience into it may just be a little too intense for baby.
If a parent is keen to still attend a class during that 24 - 48 hours, we suggest that they trace the moves on baby’s tummy or wherever, or instead use a teddy or doll. Learning can still take place even if baby isn’t directly involved.
We recommend that instructors are firm on the 24 - 48 hours wait between immunisation and a class as it can have an effect on any insurances.
It is, however, perfectly fine to massage a baby before a vaccination and, in fact, could even help baby cope better with what can sometimes be a stressful experience.
More information about immunisations generally can be found at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/6-in-1-infant-vaccine/
Other questions asked at our October Q&A session include:
- How are classes going for everyone in this time of Covid, including running classes by Zoom etc?
- Do people provide handouts for parents in baby massage classes?
- At what age can baby first be massaged?
- What length of baby massage course do parents [and instructors] find to be the most appealing and effective? Do pay as you go classes work for people?
- Is there any training available for those wishing to teach baby massage with twins or other multiples?
- Do people run classes specifically for dads and are they popular?
Check out the links above for the answers. If you’re a past or current student of To Baby and Beyond look out for next month’s live Q&A session!
If you'd like to learn to teach baby massage, we offer face-to-face courses and an online distance learning option. Check out the full details here.
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