Baby Bum Massage For Constipation

With the nappy off, use the heel of your hands to gently massage your baby’s buttocks with a circular motion. Continue down the backs of the legs to each foot with strokes of the hand. Hold your baby’s ankle and gently stretch his or her heel towards the buttock, then repeat with the other leg.

Massaging your baby’s buttocks with a circular motion will help to constrict the anus, pushing out a poo. You can continue down the backs of the legs and work your way to each foot with strokes of the hand. Hold your baby’s ankle and gently stretch his or her heel towards the buttock, then repeat with the other leg.

Massaging your baby’s buttocks, legs and lower back may help relieve constipation. This is because the baby’s bowels are full of gas that needs to come out before they can go. Hold your baby’s ankle and gently stretch his or her heel towards the buttock, then repeat with the other leg.

Constipation is a common problem for babies – especially when learning to crawl and sit up. To help loosen the bowels, try this easy and gentle but effective massage technique that can be done anywhere.

Babies have a tendency to poop when they are relaxed and comfortable. This can be achieved through massage and stretching. Give your baby a bum massage to stimulate bowel movements. For babies less than six months old, use gentle strokes on their back or legs. Older kids may prefer to lie down on their tummies on the floor while you rub their stomachs or backs.

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Touch is an important way of communicating with your baby and, besides soothing your little one, massage can help strengthen your parent-child bond. Learn more about the potential benefits of baby massage, what kinds of massage oil and techniques could be suitable and how you can massage your newborn in the comfort of your own home.

What Is Baby Massage?

Baby massage is a soothing therapy that involves gently touching and stroking your baby in a way that helps him or her feel calmer and more relaxed. Beyond helping to communicate your love and care, massage has all sorts of other benefits, for example a tummy massage can be good for your baby’s digestion, helping to ease or prevent colic, constipation and wind. It’s also a great way of bonding with your little one and helping you to build up confidence in handling your baby.

What Are the Benefits of Baby Massage?

So, is it good to massage your baby? Experts believe it is. The benefits of baby massage can include:

  • Parent-child bonding
  • Soothes and calms your baby
  • Good for sleep
  • A tummy massage can be good for digestion, helping to prevent or alleviate wind and constipation
  • May help prevent or ease colic
  • Stimulates circulation, boosting the supply of blood to muscles and tissue
  • Releases natural painkillers known as endorphins
  • Encourages weight gain.

How Do You Give your Newborn a Massage?

With just a little bit of prep and some basic massage techniques, you are all set to start massaging your baby. Follow these five easy steps:

  1. Pick your location. Find a warm, calming environment, like a quiet room or a shady spot outdoors on a sunny day. The massage can take place on the floor or the ground, on a bed, or on the changing table. But be sure not to leave your baby unattended on a high surface – not even for a second – as he or she could roll over and fall. Always keep a hand on your baby during the massage.
  2. Get your baby calm for the massage. You might consider massaging your baby after a bath when he or she is feeling relaxed, but you can choose any other time too when both of you are feeling calm. Get your oil or skin cream ready if you’re planning on using it. Make sure it’s suitable for your baby’s skin – if you’re in any doubt ask your health visitor for advice first. Once you’re ready to begin, undress your baby (leaving the nappy on, if you wish) and place him or her in your lap or in front of you on a blanket or soft towel.
  3. Pay attention to your touch. Massage your baby with gentle strokes, keeping your hands flat so as much of your hand as possible is in contact with his or her skin. If your baby is still very little, use your fingers instead of your whole hand. As your baby gets older and more accustomed to the routine, you can gradually increase the pressure or firmness of your touch.
  4. Be calm and communicative. Make sure you’re calm and comfortable yourself before starting the massage. It may help to sit or kneel on a soft mat or cushion. Throughout your baby’s massage, stay connected to your baby by quietly talking, singing a song or telling a story. Pay attention to how your infant reacts to your touch and adjust the rhythm and pressure of the strokes in response to his or her cues. If your baby doesn’t seem to be enjoying it – for example if he or she turns away from you, fidgets or seems unhappy – it’s time to stop. You can always try again another day.
  5. Move outwards from the body. Unlike the massage technique often used for adults, your massage strokes should move outwards from the body. It’s a good idea to practice massaging each part of the body separately before trying this simple whole-body massage:
  • Chest. With your baby on his or her back, stroke gently from the chest towards the arms and legs, with your hands (or fingers, if your baby is still very small) as flat as possible.
  • Arms. Stroke down the arms with ‘wringing’ motions, trying to gently stretch them out.
  • Tummy. When massaging the tummy area, first use circular movements in a clockwise direction. Then, gently massage the soft area on your baby’s side, stroking downwards from the side of the body down towards the tummy area.
  • Legs. Gently straighten out the legs, stroking down from the hips towards the feet. You could do them one at a time, or both simultaneously by encircling each leg with one hand. Massage the legs again using the same gentle ‘wringing’ movements you did with the arms.
  • Fingers and toes. Spread the hands out and massage the base of the fingers in your baby’s palm. Gently pull the fingers apart and massage each one separately. Do the same with the toes, massaging the base of the toes in the sole of your baby’s foot. Give each toe a gentle pull.
  • Leg stretch. Hold the ankles and push them up towards your baby’s shoulders, allowing the knees to bend outwards. Let your baby guide this movement, don’t force it.
  • Back. Turn your baby over onto his or her tummy. Massage from the shoulders to the buttocks in single strokes with your hands (or fingers) as flat as possible.
  • Bottom and backs of legs. With the nappy off, use the heel of your hands to gently massage your baby’s buttocks with a circular motion. Continue down the backs of the legs to each foot with strokes of the hand. Hold your baby’s ankle and gently stretch his or her heel towards the buttock, then repeat with the other leg.

If your baby has any special medical issues, be sure to check with your doctor, midwife or health visitor before starting to massage.

Baby Massage Courses or Classes

If you feel hesitant about starting infant massage, or if there’s anything you’re unsure about, talk to your midwife or health visitor. Besides offering advice about safe massaging techniques, they may also be able to tell you about baby massage courses or classes that are available in your local area.

When Can You Start Massaging Your Baby?

You can start massaging your baby as early as you like. Just be sure to be extra gentle with a newborn.

Here are some tips on choosing the right times to massage your baby:

  • Pay attention to your baby’s moods. If your infant seems calm and relaxed and not too sleepy, it’s probably okay to try giving him or her a massage. If your little one seems fussy or isn’t in the mood to be handled, it might be best to skip the massage for now.
  • Choose a time that’s good for both of you. It’s up to you and your baby when and how often you do this activity together. You may decide to massage your baby in the evening, for example, as part of his or her bedtime routine.

Don’t massage your baby…

  • within an hour after a feed
  • if your baby has a high temperature
  • if your baby shows any other symptoms of illness
  • in the 48 hours after your baby has had an immunisation
  • if your baby has a skin infection
  • just after your baby wakes up.

Which Oil is Best for Baby Massage?

This is a personal preference. You may prefer to keep things natural and not use any oil at all. On the other hand, you might like to use a massage medium such as an oil, or perhaps a cream that you already have on hand for your baby’s skin care to help reduce any friction created between your hands and your baby’s delicate skin. Some experts recommend using cold-pressed vegetable or fruit oils, which are readily available from chemists or health food shops. Oils intended for cooking aren’t recommended because they’re usually subjected to a refining process that use high temperatures and chemicals that change the natural properties of the oil. Here are some suggestions for oils and other massage mediums you could try:

  • Grapeseed oil. A light oil that leaves the skin with a satin sheen but isn’t greasy.
  • Rapeseed oil. Contains vitamin E to nourish and soften the skin.
  • Calendula oil. This oil can help replenish the moisture of dry or cracked skin.
  • Apricot kernel oil. A mild oil that could be suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Coconut oil. Unrefined coconut oil can have a sweet aroma.
  • Baby massage oil or cream. Commercially available massage oils or creams might be suitable for your baby but added perfumes may irritate sensitive skin. It’s safest to check with your health visitor first if you’re unsure about which brand or product to use.
  • Skin cream you already use on your baby. If your baby has a skin condition like eczema, it may be best to use whatever cream or ointment has been prescribed or recommended for it by your doctor or health visitor (except steroid creams). Check with your health visitor or doctor if you’re unsure whether a cream is suitable.

Before using the oil for the first time, test it to gauge the reaction on your baby’s skin a few hours before the massage. Do this by applying a tiny bit to a small area of his or her skin and wait to see if there’s a reaction. If there is, stop using the oil and consider trying another type of massage medium or skipping it altogether.

Baby Constipation Massage I Love You

You may have heard that going long periods of time without having a bowel
movement is totally normal for breastfed babies, or that all of the nutrients from breastmilk are absorbed and create no waste. The current evidence does not support this. Lack of stool can indicate poor gut health, food sensitivities, or insufficient caloric intake. The first 6 weeks especially, babies should stool multiple times a day.

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The Gut, Microbes, and Poop – from Jennifer Tow, IBCLC:
http://holisticibclc.blogspot.com/2011/06/gut-microbes-and-poop.html

On the importance of newborn stool counts:
http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/lv/lvdec97jan98p123.html

The “Butt Burp”* and Infant Massage are two tricks you can use to encourage the bowels. We also recommend both nursing mother and baby be on probiotics. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that colonize the digestive tract and help promote healthy bowel function as well as build a strong immune system. 80% of your immune system is located in your gut! See our file on probiotics here:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/milky-mommas/probiotics/408177789351160

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1) Butt Burp (for babies under 6 months):
How to Burp a Butt*
There are two types of gas in infants…esophageal gas (what is relieved with normal burping, gripe water, etc.), and bowel gas (usually relieved with infant massage, bicycling, bowel movements, and greatly helped by probiotics taken by mom and even given to baby).

Exclusively breastfed infants who go days without pooping *are NOT constipated.* However, they can develop trapped gas in the bowels, especially if they aren’t burping as well the normal way. This can cause much pain and discomfort.

Burping really well to control esophageal gas on the front end of things can help alleviate trapped gas in the bowels, but all infants take in air, so this technique can be very helpful if infant massage and bicycling aren’t cutting it.

For EBF babies with trapped bowel gas or poop, hold baby in a tummy down
position, with his lower abdomen over the rounded part of the top of your knee.

Gently, but firmly, pound-pat babies lower back. The counter-pressure on the lower abdomen feels good to baby. Baby may grunt, pass gas, poop and if in pain
from the gas, will very likely stop crying.

NOTE: This technique is appropriate for use with EBF babies under 6 months who have trapped gas, or go more than a day or so without pooping. This is not necessarily appropriate for a baby on solids who may be truly constipated from the introduction of solids.

*Information provided by Rachel Bruce.

Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXmK-D1GvY4

2) Infant Massage (any age):
Massage can be used to help encourage your baby’s bowels to move. Before
starting any massage for baby:
● Make sure the room is warm enough (especially if removing baby’s clothing)
● Relax yourself
● Warm your hands by rubbing them together
● Ask baby’s permission to start massage by making eye contact and verbally
asking out loud “Is it okay if I massage your tummy?”

You can massage over clothing, but for tummy massage, I would recommend you use a little oil and massage directly on the skin. The warmth of skin to skin contact can be very helpful for constipation as well.

For oil, use all natural vegetable or fruit based oil, something edible (coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil). Put a small drop of oil in your hands, about the size of a coin, and rub together to warm. Show baby what you are doing, he’ll start to associate the sight, sound, and smell with what comes next.

When doing these massage strokes, use a firm but gentle pressure. Always check in with your baby to make sure he likes the massage. Feel free to try a lighter pressure, use a different stroke or just stop if he’s done.

To massage your baby’s tummy, place warmed hands on tummy at or below the belly button. I know it’s a small space, but important to target the bowels. Using flat palms gently stroke downward, using hand over hand, a paddling type motion. Next moving hands in a clockwise motion, (very important to move clockwise – if you go the wrong way, you’ll create more issues), stroke baby’s tummy in a circle.

3-Part Stroke called: I Love U!

With baby laying on the floor facing you: (remember clockwise motion)

First trace the letter “I” on baby’s left side.

Next draw an “L” starting on baby’s right side, across the top of the tummy and down baby’s left side.

Then, draw an upside-down “U.”

Finish on the tummy by stroking down with warmed flat hands a few times.

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