Influence of baby massage stimulation on the improvement of nutritional status, IGF-1, and cortisol level on undernourished infant

Sudarmi Sudarmi , I Dewa Made Sukrama, I Wayan Putu Sutirtayasa, I Wayan Weta, Irianto Irianto

Sudarmi Sudarmi
Doctoral Program in Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana, Bali-Indonesia. Email: [email protected]

I Dewa Made Sukrama
Microbiology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana, Bali-Indonesia

I Wayan Putu Sutirtayasa
Clinical Pathology Department, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Udayana-Sanglah General Hospital, Bali-Indonesia

I Wayan Weta
Public Health and Disease Prevention Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Udayana, Bali-Indonesia

Irianto Irianto
Lecturer Poltekkes Kemenkes Mataram, Lombok-Indonesia
Online First: February 02, 2020 | Cite this Article
Sudarmi, S., Sukrama, I., Sutirtayasa, I., Weta, I., Irianto, I. 2020. Influence of baby massage stimulation on the improvement of nutritional status, IGF-1, and cortisol level on undernourished infant. Bali Medical Journal 9(1): 36-40. DOI:10.15562/bmj.v9i1.1688

Aim: This study aims to prove the effect of infant massage stimulation on the improvement of vagal activity and neurological effects (HPA axis) in infants with 6-12 months of nutrition including increased nutritional status, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) and decreased cortisol.

Method: The design method used for this study was a quasi-experimental with randomized pre-test and post-test control group design. Samples in this study were infants aged 6-12 with undernutrition status as many as 24 person as an intervention group (infant massage interventions and complementary feeding) and 24 people in the control group (provision of supplementary feeding). Infant massage interventions carried out for 3 months. Data collected included body weight, IGF-1 level, and Cortisol.

Results: Effective infant massage improves nutritional status (p = 0.035) / (p≤0.05), increases IGF-1 levels (p = 0.002) or (p <0.05), and decreases cortisol levels (p = 0.022) / (p <0.05).

Conclusion: Infant massage stimulation increases body weight, IGF-1 level, and reduces cortisol in undernourished infants aged 6-24 months. It is recommended for every mother to apply baby massage stimulation for alternative treatments to improve the nutritional status of infants who are undernourished.


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