Touch is most important for a baby in special care. Learn how you can help.
Massage can be an important way to help a baby with special needs. There are only a few situations where massage is not advised and these are chronic skin conditions and certain medical procedures or conditions where your baby may be inaccessible. Talk with a consultant to find out what you can do to help your baby.
If your baby is in an incubator, it may be possible to hold or stroke your baby’s hand. As much skin to skin contact is beneficial for both of you. With a special care baby who may be handled a lot by medical professionals, it is important to introduce touch so your baby can begin to associate physical contact as something loving and positive.