Benefits Of Almond Oil Massage For The Baby

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Written by Pradeep

Pradeep

Benefits Of Almond Oil Massage For The Baby

Oil massage is a quintessential part of a baby’s daily routine in India. The generic benefits of oil massage are plenty – it helps retain the softness of the skin, makes the bones stronger, relaxes the baby, and strengthens the bond between the mom (assuming she is the one who gives oil massage) and the baby. Is almond oil massage for the baby beneficial?

The debate is still on whether a baby should be given massages or not. However, we Indians definitely have enough in our kitty to support those loving and bonding times that we get while massaging our babies.

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Is Almond Oil Safe For Babies?

There are many oils available in the market that can be used for massaging your baby. Read more about your options on choosing the right massaging oil for your baby here. That said, almond oil (Badam Tel or बादाम तेल) remains one of the most popular choices across India.

Almond oil also comes in two variants, sweet and bitter, with the sweet-scented almond oil scoring above the bitter one. It comes with a light, sweet scent and is full of goodness with Vitamins A B1, B2, B6, and E. It also has a high content of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

All this richness makes almond oil a preferred choice for baby care. That is so because it is edible, so you do not have to wreck your brains off if the baby licks his fingers once, plus it has low viscosity – which makes it easier to spread and get absorbed in the skin. Here is why parents go for almond oil when it comes to a baby oil massage.

11 Benefits Of Using Almond Oil For Massaging Babies

11 Benefits Of Using Almond Oil For Massaging Babies

Following are some of the top 11 benefits of almond oil for massaging babies:

1. Cradle Cap

Many babies suffer from cradle caps and applying almond oil can help treat the greasy yellow or brown scales on your baby. The fatty acids in sweet almond oil are helpful in preventing inflammation and removing dead cells.

2. Soft Skin

Almond oil is also a great moisturizer. It also protects the skin from some commonly seen problems associated with dryness – like eczema, rashes, and soreness. Almond oil is a rich source of vitamin A, B2, B6, and E – all of which are great for the skin.

3. Relaxation

As mentioned before, oil massages can relax your baby’s tired limbs and improve blood circulation in the body. Almond oil soothes and relieves strained muscles, thus relaxing your baby. He will also sleep better.

4. Better Digestion

Massaging the baby’s tummy with almond oil will improve digestion and reduce the severity of indigestion.

5. Easy To Apply

Almond oil is thin and light, because of which it is easy to apply and spreads nicely.

6. Fast Absorption

Fast Absorption

Almond oil is also absorbed in the skin relatively faster.

7. Aroma

Almond oil has a nice and pleasant smell, unlike other oils like mustard, which has a pungent smell. It is appealing to the senses and your baby will probably enjoy it.

8. Edible

It is always safer to use edible oil for massaging babies so that it is alright even if the baby accidentally ingests it. Sweet almond oil.

9. Emollient

The oleic acid and linoleic acid present in almond oil make it a natural emollient that calms and nourishes a baby’s skin.

10. Hair Health

Hair Health

Enriched with vitamin D and magnesium, almond oil is also good for a baby’s hair as it promotes hair growth and prevents hair fall.

11. Bone Development

Almond has good quantities of Vitamin D and Calcium, both of which are essential for good bone development. Almond oil also nourishes the brain and nervous system.

Cautions To be Exercised When Using Almond Oil For Massaging Baby

While almond oil is one of the best-suited oil for the Indian climate, follow the below cautions when performing almond oil massage for the baby:

  • Check for allergic reactions. It is always best to do a patch test first and wait for a few days while monitoring the area. And if no reaction, then start using it more frequently
  • Check the bottle’s expiry date before buying and using
  • Be very soft when massaging as your baby’s skin is extremely sensitive Start from the arms and move to the legs, chest, tummy, and back
  • Do not use excess oil as it can cause rashes. Use only enough quantity that the skin can absorb fully
  • Do not put oil inside the eyes, ears, nose, or naval as the baby can get infected if the oil gets inside these body parts
  • Always wipe your hands before picking up the baby as slipper hands can cause accidents

Happy Massaging!

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