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CoxHealth: Massages Make Babies Happy

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A free class at CoxHealth's Turner Center showed parents a hands-on approach to bonding with their babies Thursday night: infant massage.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A free class at CoxHealth's Turner Center showed parents a hands-on approach to bonding with their babies Thursday night: infant massage.

CoxHealth nurse Mary Slaughter said massages make the babies happy, and that a happy baby can make for happy parents.

"It was fun to learn a new way to bond with him," Ashley Kreyling said.

Kreyling attended the class with her infant son, Raphael, and husband, Matt.

"I'll be going back to work soon, so this is something we could do in the evenings and the weekends when I'm home," Kreyling said." "I think it will be really special."

Slaughter said happiness is not the only objective. Massages also help build coordination and the immune system.

The excercises can also foster language and muscle development, as well as soothe the child, relieve stress and help with colic.

"I can already tell he's way calmer than he would be if we just had him laying down at home," Kreyling said.

Anyone interested in learning more about infant massages can call 417-269-LADY.
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