Massage Therapy and Oils for Babies in the NICUs

by Yamile Jackson

I interviewed Dr Andrea Aldana about how to perform massage therapy during Kangaroo Care in the NICU. This interview was during the Kangaroo Care Conference in Italy in November 2016.

Here is the research that I have found, please comment below if you have more info.  The most used is a couple of drops of grapeseeed oil.  It is recommended for the parent to massage during kangaroo care.

This article says “High-grade coconut and safflower oils have been studied on premature babies.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16269830/?i=3&from=safflower%20oil%20skin

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16269830/?i=2&from=/15817974/related

http://preemies.about.com/od/parentingyourpreemie/a/Infant-Massage-For-Premature-Babies.htm

Coconut oil
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/16208048/

A mixture of coconut oil and Meadowfoam oil
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/15817974/?i=4&from=/16269830/related

Not use olive oil
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/22995032/?i=5&from=/21218515/related

Olive oil better than water (still olive oil is not recommended)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18429773/?i=2&from=/22995032/related

Cream (not massage)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/8627439/?i=4&from=/18429773/related

Cream – which kind did they use?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18310201/?i=6&from=/15121929/related

Web/blogs also mentions Ayurvedic massage oil, http://www.amazon.com/Dabur-Tail-100ml-Large-Size/dp/B000JWM7OG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331745243&sr=8-1

Sunflower oil
http://infantmassagewarehouse.com/sunflower-oil/

Topical ointment should not be used periodically:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/14973963/?i=2&from=/10796254/related

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