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Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
Year : 2019, Volume : 13, Issue : 4
First page : ( 1703) Last page : ( 1707)
Print ISSN : 0973-9122. Online ISSN : 0973-9130.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9130.2019.00553.X

Effectiveness of Baby Massage and Spa on Increasing Weight of Baby with Malnutrition

Suryaningsih1,*, Rodiyatun1

1Lecturer, Department of Midwifery at Bangkalan, Health Polytechnic of Surabaya

*Corresponding author: Suryaningsih, E-mail: yandrie.marza1405@gmail.com Address: Soekarno Hatta Street-32, Bangkalan, Indonesia

Online published on 27 November, 2019.


Nutritional status influencing child optimal growth and development will influence the quality of adult human resources. Baby massage and spa is a holistic care therapy. The aim was to analyze effectiveness of baby massage and spa to increase weight on malnutrition. This research used experimental method, by dividing the sample into 3 groups. Interventions were performed for 5 days in 1 week with a 30-minute for baby massage and added 20–25 minutes for baby spa within 6 weeks. Subjects were assessed for pre and post-intervention weight gain to determine weight gain. Data analysis used t-paired test and continued one way anova test. T-test analysis showed there was influence of baby massage on weight gain (p <0.005), there was influence of Baby Spa on weight gain (p <0.005), there was difference of weight gain in control group to Baby spa group and Baby Massage group (p <0.005), but there was no difference in weight gain in the group of baby massage and baby spas (p> 0.005). In conclusion, baby massage and baby spa can be used as an alternative management of malnutrition.



Baby massage, baby spa, weight gain, malnutrition.


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