Pediatrics

Salivary oxytocin concentrations in seven boys with autism spectrum disorder received massage from their mothers: A pilot study

Tsuji, S., Yuhi, T., Furuhara, K., Ohta, S., Shimizu, Y., & Higashida, H. (2015). Salivary oxytocin concentrations in seven boys with autism spectrum disorder received massage from their mothers: A pilot study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 58–58.

The efficacy of massage on preterm infants: A meta-analysis

Wang, L., He, J. L., & Zhang, X. H. (2013). The efficacy of massage on preterm infants: A meta-analysis. American Journal of Perinatology, 30(9), 731–738.

Massage and touch therapy in neonates: the current evidence

Kulkarni, A., Kaushik, J. S., Gupta, P., Sharma, H., & Agrawal, R. K. (2010). Massage and touch therapy in neonates: the current evidence. Indian Pediatrics, 47(9), 771–6.

This review paper evaluates the effect of massage on newborns. The paper discusses effects of newborn massage, potential mechanisms of action, massage protocols used in the research, massage using oil, and potential drawbacks of newborn massage. Findings indicate that massage positively effects weight gain, sleeping patterns, neuromotor development, emotional bonding, and mortality rates in newborns.

Review and critical analysis of massage studies for term and preterm infants

Juneau Larone, A., Aita, M., & Héon, M. (2015). Review and critical analysis of massage studies for term and preterm infants. Neonatal Network, 34(3), 165–177.

This systematic review evaluates the effect of massage on term and preterm infants. 14 articles are included in the review. Findings indicate that massage may have benefits for infants, including weight gain, decreased response to pain, more interactivity, and better sleep. However, due to the low number of studies, no specific recommendations or conclusions are provided.

The epidemiology of chronic pain in children and adolescents revisited: A systematic review

King, S., Chambers, C. T., Huguet, A., MacNevin, R. C., McGrath, P. J., Parker, L., & MacDonald, A. J. (2011). The epidemiology of chronic pain in children and adolescents revisited: A systematic review. Pain, 152(12), 2729–2738.

This systematic review evaluates the prevalence of adolescent chronic pain. Forty-one studies are included in the review. Findings indicate that pain prevalence rates are generally higher in girls and increase with age for most types of pain, and that lower socioeconomic status is associated with higher pain prevalence, especially headaches.

Abdominal massage in the management of chronic constipation for children with disability

Bromley, D. (2014). Abdominal massage in the management of chronic constipation for children with disability. Community Practitioner : The Journal of the Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors' Association, 87(12), 25–29.

Massage for promoting mental and physical health in typically developing infants under the age of six months

C, B., A, U., & J, B. (2013). Massage for promoting mental and physical health in typically developing infants under the age of six months. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews“.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD005038.pub3/full.

Mothers' interaction with their disabled infants: Two case studies

Fiamenghi, G., Vedovato, A., Meirelles, M., & Shimoda, M. (2010). Mothers’ interaction with their disabled infants: Two case studies. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(2), 191–199.

Potential underlying mechanisms for greater weight gain in massaged preterm infants

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2011). Potential underlying mechanisms for greater weight gain in massaged preterm infants. Infant Behavior & Development, 34(3), 383–9.

This paper evaluates underlying mechanisms for massage therapy effects on preterm infant weight gain. Two parallel pathways are suggested in which massage therapy leads to increased weight gain: 1) insulin release via the celiac branch of the vagus; and 2) increased gastric activity via the gastric branch of the vagus.

Preterm infant massage therapy research: A review

Field, T., Diego, M., & Hernandez-Reif, M. (2010). Preterm infant massage therapy research: A review. Infant Behavior & Development, 33(2), 115–124.

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