Massaging a baby at 5 months can solve many problems and even problems. Especially lazy babies who are reluctant to roll over on their tummy, the procedure stimulates the development of most skills and physical activity. Therefore, parents should not ignore massage at home, and it's time to master the technique of its implementation.
What can a baby do at 5 months?
Girl or boy, it doesn't matter. Children at a young age develop almost the same way. At 5 months, the child, lying on his tummy, can independently straighten his arms in the elbow joints and raise part of the torso above a horizontal surface. Many children at this age can be held on one straightened arm, and the second to take a toy that lies in front of them.
Many parents are interested in the question of what a child can do at 5 months. Boys and girls of this age group are able to roll over on their tummy in both directions from the back. Able to grab a variety of toys and eventransfer them from one pen to another. By this time, the reaction to sounds has already been actively developed, so the baby often turns around if he hears the voice of his mother, music or any noise. Some babies try to raise their head in the supine position.
Some babies manage to crawl like bellies at this age, someone likes to spin on their tummy around the navel. Most babies make their first attempts at sitting, but often this skill is learned with support.
How much does a 5 month old baby weigh? According to WHO indicators, the average weight of boys is from 6 to 9.3 kg, and girls - from 5.4 to 8.8 kg. Boys are 61.7 to 70.1 cm tall, while girls are 59.6 to 68.5 cm tall.
Before focusing on the average statistical norms related to how much a child weighs at 5 months, it must be remembered that all children are individual. Therefore, small deviations can be considered normal.
It is believed that even colds and coughs can be cured with massage. And problems such as impaired muscle tone, psychomotor development or movements require the mandatory appointment of therapeutic massage.
The procedure performed by a specialist has a positive effect on the he alth of children. Massage contributes to the proper development of the musculoskeletal system, is able to stimulate some parts of the brain, and has a positive effect on strengthening the immune system. In addition, the correct procedure has a positive effect on the workinternal organs and lymphatic system. Improves blood circulation throughout the body, due to which there is a full oxygenation of all tissues.
Most experts advise mothers to combine home massage with gymnastics. This combination promotes muscle development and strengthens the central nervous system of babies.
Moreover, at the age of 5 months, most babies make their first attempts to sit down on their own, so gymnastics is a must. It helps develop new skills. In addition, some pediatricians recommend starting swimming lessons. Of course, it's up to the parents to decide, but you should still familiarize yourself with the benefits of a variety of activities for the child.
Important to know
- Massage for a 5 month old baby should not exceed 30 minutes.
- Before starting the procedure, you must take care of hygiene. Your hands must be clean and your fingernails trimmed.
- It is necessary to remove all jewelry from hands (rings, bracelets, watches).
- So that the massage does not cause discomfort to the baby, during the procedure you can switch to games, sing songs and so on.
- During the procedure, you can not strongly squeeze the skin of the crumbs, as well as press hard on parts of the body. All manipulations must be performed with the utmost care.
- During the massage, constantly monitor the reaction of the child. Pay attention to the moments that make him happy the most. Next time you can start the procedure with them.
- Remember that massage should be done at least 30 minutes after eating.
During this procedure, the child should lie on the back or tummy. Since at this age, children already hold their heads well and can easily lean on the handles, you are unlikely to be able to persuade the crumbs to lay their heads horizontally. Therefore, you will have to do a massage, despite the active turns of the head of the crumbs to the sides and flips on the stomach.
Remember that small children should be massaged with the utmost care. During the manipulation, constantly monitor the reaction of the crumbs. Usually, the procedure begins to be performed from the area of \u200b\u200bthe hands. With one hand, it is necessary to hold the crumbs' wrist, and with the other, stroking movements should be carried out. After that, we proceed to rubbing each finger. This manipulation is performed from the tip to the base. It is enough to repeat rubbing each finger about 2-3 times.
After that, you can stroke the baby's hands, pay special attention to the area of the thumb. Once you are done with the child's arms, you can move on to the shoulders. Rubbing is carried out from the hand to the elbow, then to the shoulder area. Manipulation is carried out on the inside and outside of the hand.
Next, move on to rubbing. To do this, between your 1st finger on one side and 2-4th on the other hand, grab the shoulder muscles above the elbow joint along the outer surface. With translational movements, walk along the muscle to the shoulder. Repeat the manipulation 2 to 4 times.
You can finish the massage by stroking the whole hand of the crumbs fromshoulder to fingertips.
The next step is to move on to the chest area. Stroking is carried out with the palm along the chest in the direction from the bottom up, and then to the shoulders. Repeat 3 to 5 times.
Then, stroking is carried out from the chest area in the direction from the ribs to the sides. After such manipulation, you can proceed to rubbing. With the help of fingertips, movements are made in a spiral. Do the manipulation on the chest area along the edges (direction - from the bottom up). Repeat 2 to 4 times.
The procedure begins with stroking. The baby should be in the supine position. Mom with one or two palms makes circular movements around the navel along the baby's tummy. Repeat 2-3 times.
Then we move on to rubbing. With the help of one palm, an adult makes movements in a clockwise direction. But! The liver area (right hypochondrium) should never be massaged.
Now you can start rubbing the oblique muscles of the abdomen. This procedure is carried out towards the navel with the help of the second and fourth fingers of both hands. Repeat 3-4 times.
Massage for a child at 5 months old should begin with strokes. The child is in the supine position. With one hand, mommy supports the baby’s leg by the foot area, and with the pads of the second and fourth fingers of the other hand, she strokes the outer and back side of the baby’s lower leg and thigh in the direction from the foot tobuttocks. Repeat 4 to 6 times. Please note that the inner thigh cannot be massaged.
Next, we move on to rubbing the thigh and lower leg. The child remains in the same position. With the pads of the second and fourth fingers, small rubbing is carried out on the outside of the ankle and thigh. Repeat 4 to 6 times.
The shin is rubbed with the thumb and forefinger of one hand, the other holds the baby's foot by the foot. Manipulation is active rubbing in a circle in the direction from the foot to the knee joint. Repeat 4-6 times.
Massage the feet
Massage for a child at 5 months old must necessarily include procedures with the foot area. There are a lot of active points responsible for the he alth of the crumbs. Moreover, manipulations with this area allow you to deal with flat feet, clubfoot and other problems.
The child takes the starting position on the back. Mom lifts the baby's leg and holds it by the ankle. Then, with the thumb and forefinger, strokes from the tips of the fingers to the heel. While massaging the feet, the fingers of the crumbs need to be slightly unbent. Repeat 3 to 4 times.
Then you can move on to rubbing. The child still takes the starting position on the back. An adult should grab the raised foot of the baby with the help of the thumb and forefinger. Then, with the same fingers of the other hand, stroke the back of the foot in the direction from the fingers to the ankle. Repeat manipulation 4 to 6 times.
Next, spendstroking and rubbing the foot in the supine position. Mommy holds the baby's foot with her index finger and thumb. With the other hand, using the same fingers, massage each finger on the baby's leg in turn. Enough 4 times! Then rubs each finger (2 times).
A baby's routine at 5 months already includes massage and gymnastics. Therefore, young mothers should take care in advance to master the correct technique.