We are delighted to welcome Baby Spa Perth as a Supporter of Tiny Sparks WA. They have very generously donated hydrotherapy and massage vouchers to be included in our care packages which are distributed to the smallest and sickest of WA's babies admitted to neonatal units.
Anita, Director of Baby Spa Perth advises there are a range off benefits to babies, especially those born sick or preterm, once they are discharged from hospital.
The sensation of floating in warm water puts babies completely at ease and can promote a number of key benefits:
Muscular and skeletal strength is increased through the water’s gentle resistance.
Movement through the water has a positive effect on the digestive and circulatory systems, which can reduce meconium levels and lowers the risk of jaundice three or four days after birth.
Subtle water pressure on the chest can increase lung capacity by strengthening intercostal muscles and the respiratory system.
Regular visits can benefit the cardiovascular system.
Innate swimming reflexes are stimulated and co-ordination is developed as they learn to control their movements.
MASSAGE BENEFITS FOR BABY
Promotion of parent-child bonding and secure attachment. This in turn facilitates their emotional and cognitive development (i.e. ability to learn)
Supports the stimulation of digestive and circulatory systems, reducing the discomfort of constipation and colic
Relaxation - the combination of being in warm water along with massage promotes relaxation and supports the improvement of sleep patterns lead-ing to improved attention, working memory and emotional regulation in children
Lauren Catalano took her son Lenny regularly to Baby Spa Perth. Here is what she has to say about the experience.
We are grateful to Anita and her team for their ongoing contribution towards our care package program. The vouchers will provide parents with a safe place to take their baby for a relaxed bonding experience in their first few weeks after discharge.
Please consider sponsoring a care package, providing essential items and sending a personal message to a West Australian family in the neonatal unit. They need our support!