There’s no doubt that a good massage can help in nurturing the health of a baby, especially during the winter months. Babies have sensitive skin that needs to be shielded from harsh weather that can wipe away their natural moisture. An oil massage can help in keeping the baby warm and well-nourished. But which oils are best suited for your child? To understand this, we spoke to Rajesh Vohra, CEO, Artsana India (Chicco) in assistance with Chicco Research Centre, who listed the best oils for massaging kids.
Although there are a number of baby oil options in the market, oils containing almonds and olive oils, valued for their ageless benefits, blend with sesame and vitamin E to provide a balanced blend of care and nourishment that is seasonless.
Benefits Of Oil Massage For Kids
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, oil massage can benefit the health of babies in the following ways:
- Promote quality sleep
- Lower the levels of stress hormones in the child
- Enhance flexibility in arms and legs
- Relax muscles
- Promote digestion
- Boost immunity
- Reduces skin sensitivity
Oils For Massaging
Almond Oil: Building Strength from Within
Almond oil is a powerhouse of minerals. In addition to having a mild scent, it is essential for strengthening bone growth. “It provides the baby with a strong foundation for growth and is rich in vital nutrients that help build strong and durable bones”, said Vohra.
Protective Power of Olive Oil
We all know olive oil is helpful in protecting against skin allergies with its comforting shield. Vohra added, “It not only nourishes delicate baby skin but also forms a protective barrier. It is rich in antioxidants and is safe for your baby’s sensitive skin because it destroys harmful bacteria and is unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction.”
Sesame Oil: A Multifaceted Guardian
Sesame oil is like a superhero among natural oils with a plethora of benefits. With its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties, sesame oil acts as a gentle warrior, offering a shield against inflammation. This multifaceted oil ensures the baby’s skin remains effortlessly soft and supple.
Vitamin E Oil: Strengthening Muscles, Banishing Dryness
Vitamin E helps the baby’s muscles grow strong and resilient. Along with this, it helps in preventing dry skin and keeping the baby’s skin soft and moisturised.
Free from Harmful Chemicals: Natural Ingredients for Better Care
When it comes to baby care, even picking oils is a big deal because it’s not just about how they smell. “Parents want oils that are natural and don’t have any harsh chemicals. Choosing oils without things like parabens and phenoxyethanol is an ideal choice that you should make”, highlighted Vohra.
Beyond Seasonal Limits: A Year-Round Ritual
“While winter may amplify the need for extra care, using oils like almond, olive, sesame, and vitamin E isn’t just for the cold season. This nourishing routine isn’t limited to winter; it’s something you can do all year round. So, whether it’s winter or any other time, using the right oil with all the good elements is always important”, emphasised Vohra.[Disclaimer: This article contains information provided by an expert and is for informational purposes only. We advise you to consult your expert if your child faces any health issues.]