Effect of olive oil massage on weight gain in preterm infants: A randomized controlled clinical trial

Jabraeile et al, Niger Med J. 2016 May-Jun;57

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that effect of massage with or without oil on the baby’s weight gain is not clear, but recent studies have shown that massage with essential oils make lipid absorption through the skin. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of olive oil massage on weight gain in preterm infants.

RESULTS: This study showed that the neonatal weight gain in the infants with the oil massage was 21 g daily in average, whereas the increase in infant massage without oil was 7 g. This difference was statistically significant (P < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: Considering the positive effect of infant massage on weight gain in premature infants with olive oil, it is recommended that nurses use oil in infant massage in the neonatal units.