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Studies conducted with premature infants and massage are showing extremely positive results.

Odense Hospital in Denmark researched the outcomes of containment (holding techniques) with preemies. It was observed that containment techniques, which did not stimulate newborn reflexes, resulted in a momentary decrease in blood oxygen level followed by a level of oxygen in the blood that was in fact higher than before the infant had been touched. The infant's bodies remained calm and relaxed and when parents continued using the technique the infants progressed to achieving an alert and awake state.

IMIS recommends that holding techniques are practiced initially to allow the baby to become accustomed to positive touch and then, only when the baby is ready, are massage techniques slowly introduced to achieve the most positive health results.

47% increase in weight per day!

Studies show that due to an increase in weight gain (up to a 47% increase in weight per day) and alert states, massaged babies are discharged an average of six days earlier (with some being discharged up to 3 weeks earlier) reducing their hospital costs by $10,000! (USD).

The infants were also found to have superior motor skills and mental development in follow up appointments eight months after the study had concluded.

To learn more about touch therapy and massage for pre-term infants, contact IMIS