Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Laurie Braswell, MOT, OTR/L, CNT, CEIM
This project aims to appraise evidence of the effectiveness of infant massage for increasing social-emotional bonding. In our research, we focused on two studies considered Level I evidence and three studies considered Level II evidence. Study designs include quasi-experimental and randomized controlled trials. Strong evidence supports that infant massage increases social-emotional bonding and attachment. Based on the evidence, implementation varied from once per day for 10 minutes to 2-3 times per day for 15 minutes. It is recommended to use infant massage in an acute care setting and in the home to increase social-emotional bonding and attachment.
Blumenberg, Aly; Davis, Samantha; Graham, Ali; Medina, Rachel; and Rayder, Emily, "Infant Massage and Bonding" (2020). Master of Occupational Therapy Student Critically Appraised Topics. 3.