Tactile stimulation in physically healthy infants: Results of a systematic review

A, U., J, B., & S, S.-B. (2010). Tactile stimulation in physically healthy infants: Results of a systematic review. Journal of Reproductive & Infant Psychology, 28(1).

This systematic review evaluates 22 studies on whether tactile stimulation is an effective intervention to support mental and physical heath in physically healthy infants. Infants had a median age of 6 months or less in all studies. Findings indicate that infant massage may improve sleeping and crying patterns, stress response, interaction between mother and infant where the mother is postnatally depressed, growth, and reduce illness in some populations. The review found no evidence for improving infant tempermant, attachment, or cognitive development.

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