Baby Massage For Constipation Feet

Massaging your baby’s feet is a great way to help relieve constipation. Place your little one’s feet on top of your hands, with their top half still laying down. With some massage oil on your hands, massage their soles (you can work up to the tops of their feet).

This little trick works like a charm to soothe the occasional constipation that can hit a baby. Give their soles a gentle rub with some massage oil and you’ll both be surprised how quickly their stools become looser. It’s also excellent for helping ease a toddler into a deep sleep.

You know what your little one’s favorite place to be? Their crib. They love being surrounded by their favorite plush toys and familiar comfort of the sheets they’ve grown up with. This massage oil is specially selected to relax and calm your baby so they can fall asleep peacefully in their crib.

Get your baby ready for bedtime and help them sleep through the night… even if they’ve got a case of constipation.

Foot Massage For Constipation

Releases Air That’s Stuck In The Tummy

It’s no secret that babies cry and eat…a lot! And when they do these activities, they can take in excess air as they open their mouths. Sometimes, this air doesn’t make its way out of the body but instead gets stuck in the bowels.

Over time, these tiny air bubbles can form one large pocket of air that causes discomfort, and a baby’s tummy might end up hard or sore as a result.

With a baby massage, you can use your hands to gently move this built-up air out of the digestive tract so your little one can find relief and feel like themself again.

Helps With The Rate Of Digestion

In addition to air bubbles, there are other things that can affect little tummies. For instance, the vagus nerve — the nerve that helps control the rate of digestion — is not fully developed in infants. This means regular digestion may be a challenge.

By gently rubbing your baby’s tummy area, you can help stimulate the nerve and relieve constipation and air bubbles.

Strengthens Muscles In The Gut Wall

Since babies are all unique, the development of muscles in their gut walls will naturally be different. This is why some little ones experience more constipation and air bubble issues than others.

By massaging your baby’s tummy, you increase blood flow to the gut wall. This type of massage can allow more nutrients and oxygen to flood the area and strengthen the wall as well. All of this stimulation can mean less constipation for your little one (and less stress for you).

Baby massages also have lots of other great benefits, too, including:

  • Helping them sleep better
  • Improving muscle tone
  • Encouraging focus
  • Improving the immune system

Now that we understand how a baby massage for constipation can work and why it’s beneficial, let’s focus on how to prepare for it.

How To Prepare For The Massage

Parent preparing baby with a massage for constipation

Pick The Right Time

Choosing the right time for a massage is extremely important. For example, you don’t want to give a massage for constipation just before or after feeding, as this might lead to vomiting.

So, when is the right time? About 45 minutes after your little one has eaten is usually the best option. But you can also do it just after a bath or during playtime when your baby is nice and relaxed.

Our Gentle Cleansing Gel is one of our favorite products to use on delicate baby skin at bath time. This special formula cleanses and soothes skin and hair while ensuring the skin’s natural oils stay intact.

Create A Relaxing Environment

Before starting your massage, you’ll also want to make your little one cozy.

Here are a few tips to help:

  • Set the room to the right temperature.
  • Play lullabies or other soothing music.
  • Dim the lights in the room or shut your curtains or blinds to block out sunlight.
  • Choose a familiar space.
  • Place stuffed animals or any other toys they love nearby.
  • Turn your TV, phone, or any other distractions off.

Choose The Right Oils

Parent using oil for a massage for constipation

While you can leave your little one’s clothing on during a massage for constipation, if you decide to take their clothes off, consider using baby oil while giving them a massage.

But not just any oil. Some “baby oils” contain harmful chemicals and aren’t safe to use on little ones. Be sure to check the label for any icky ingredients, like phenoxyethanol, and opt for natural products, like our Baby Oil.

Composed of 99% natural ingredients, it’s safe to use on babies and soothes their delicate skin. It’s also packed with avocado oilpomegranate seed oil, and sunflower oil to leave your little one’s skin feeling well-nourished and hydrated after every application.

Another great natural option beyond a baby-safe oil is our Melting Massage Balm. Made with 100% natural ingredients that are good for your baby and the environment, this specially formulated balm moisturizes the skin while providing a stimulating experience.

You can also use our EWG Verified Soothing Moisturizing Body Lotion for very sensitive skin. It delivers immediate hydration and is perfect for babies prone to rashes or who have very reactive skin.

With all of this in mind, let’s move on to discuss the best massaging techniques to help your baby with constipation.

5 Ways To Give Your Baby A Massage For Constipation

1) Toes To Nose

massage for constipation to help baby

To use this technique, start by placing your little one’s feet together.

Then, gently rock their feet toward their nose (or as far as possible) and then return their feet back to the starting position. Repeat this motion three to five times.

This is an excellent method to shift stubborn bubbles in the tummy and aid with constipation.

2) Tummy Spirals

Start by rubbing some baby oil in your hands to warm it up. Then, gently place your forefinger near your little one’s belly button and move it clockwise in little circles, out to the side or edge of the belly.

After doing this motion a few times with one finger, progress to two fingers, then three fingers, and so on until you have your whole palm making this same motion.

Pro Tip: Remember to always move your fingers in a clockwise direction for this technique. This is important because the clockwise motion follows your little one’s line of digestion.

3) Thumb Circles

Mom getting ready to change her baby

Rub some massage oil on your hands and hold your little one’s feet up (with their top half still laying down). In this position, massage the soles of their feet and the palms of their hands by moving your thumbs in a circular motion.

This is a calming technique and can soothe your baby’s digestive system. If you do this while feeding, it can also help your little one swallow less air and, in turn, keep air pockets from building up inside their digestive tracts.

4) Twists

This massaging technique can be done while your little one is fully dressed.

Start by placing your baby down on their back. Then, grab their legs and use them to move their hips gently from side to side while keeping their top half on the floor. Do this motion five to ten times.

This movement helps squeeze the digestive system in different directions and releases any built-up air bubbles or discomfort from constipation.

5) 3-Part Stroke

The 3-part stroke is a way to sweetly trace “I L U” on your little one’s body while relieving constipation.

Simply rub some massage oil in your hands, and then use your fingers to write the letter “I” on your little one’s left side (just under their arm) three to five times. Next, trace the letter “L” in this place three to five times as well.

Repeat the same letters on their right side.

For the shape of the “U,” start by tracing an “I” on their right side, cross your little one’s tummy, and end with an “I” on the left side.

You can also use this massage technique to trace the full letters (I, L, and U) on the tummy alone. Using this fluid movement, you can help move trapped air out of the bowels and relieve constipation pain.

Constipation Reflexology Foot Chart

???? What is Reflexology

Reflexology is based on the principle that all our body parts and bodily systems are reflected on the feet and the hands. Applying gentle massage and therapeutic touch to specific areas will have an effect in the corresponding body part or to the whole child.

???? How will it help my baby with constipation?

  • Your touch will stimulate pain relieving hormones and feel good endorphins
  • Massaging specific points will bring about relief in the corresponding body areas
  • Promotes calm, is soothing and relaxing
  • Assists the Immune system
  • Aids deeper and more restful sleep
  • Will help your baby to feel safe, secure, understood and comforted

???? Specific points on the feet to help with constipation

  1. Solar plexus point is found underneath the ball of the foot in the centre. This point helps with inducing calm and relaxation.
  2. Lovely technique called a ‘Bowel Sweep’ encouraging flow into the large intestine.
  3. Points for the stomach to ease up a sore tummy and help to relax.
  4. Heel tap. Stimulating all the nerve endings.

???? How do I give my baby reflexology?

Qualified Reflexologists are trained in very specific techniques and spend years studying, practising and seeing clients in order to qualify. Adult reflexology is completely different from treating a baby or child. The main and very important difference is that you barely use any pressure at all and are aiming just to give some therapeutic touch to your childs feet in the form of gentle massage. Let your hands and fingers make small circles, slides and and strokes with super gentle and soft hands.

???? When is the best time to give my baby reflexology?

  • If your baby is in pain, unsettled and needs comforting you can try the techniques in this video whilst they are being held or whilst they are lying down elevated with a pillow.
  • As a preventative you can try this routine at a time when they are happy and settled and see if it helps lessen the symptoms.
  • Before going down for sleep may help for a more restful night.

???? Are there times when I should not give my baby refelxology?

  • If your baby is sick, they may not want to be touched, but just held and comforted. Babies who cry and pull their feet away may be telling you that your touch is unwanted and to try again another time.
  • Premature babies or unwell newborns may have had blood drawn from their heels regularly and may develop an association of pain to anyone touching their feet. It would be lovely to help them overcome this association by persevering with therapeutic touch to their feet but great care and mindfulness must be taken on your part. You may want to start with gentle massage over socks or clothing at first and gradually graduate to skin to skin. If your touch is unwelcome, try again another time.

???? Where can I give my baby a treatment?

It is lovely to find a space that is warm and comfortable for both of you but having said that, the wonderful thing about Reflexology is that it is so accessible, versatile and flexible. A treatment can be given anywhere, inside, outside, on the bus, in the park, at home. Your baby does not need to be undressed, you only need their little feet. Treatments can even be given over socks and clothing if necessary.

???? What do I need?

Very little! If you are at home, it might be nice to use some oil, balm or lotion to allow your fingers and thumbs to glide more easily over their skin. Please read my short blog about suitable oils for baby here:

????Last word before you try!

Reflexology must not be given in place of medical treatment. These videos are wonderful to try for babies and children with mild conditions that you feel comfortable to try and help with at home. They can also be fantastic to try in the time between being able to see a GP, Health Practitioner or a Qualified Reflexologist or Qualified Alternative Practitioner.

I really hope this helps. Please let me know if you have had any success. Good luck!

Love Lucy ♡

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