Baby Massage For Constipation Nhs

Place your forefinger near your baby’s belly button and start to move in a clockwise motion, spiralling out to the edge of her belly. Progress from one finger to two fingers as he or she gets older. If you need to push more firmly on your child’s tummy, continue to make sure you’re always moving in a clockwise direction.”

Place your forefinger near your baby’s belly button and start to move in a clockwise motion, spiralling out to the edge of her belly. Progress from one finger to two and then to three fingers before you go back over the same area using all four fingers. Move slowly around her tummy in this manner several times.

You can massage your baby’s belly in a clockwise motion, spiralling out to the edge of her belly. Progress from one finger-width to two and see if that helps to relieve her discomfort. If it doesn’t, try some other gentle movements.

A baby massage for constipation is a massage that helps your baby to pass stool and relieve the pain of constipation. This massage technique is simple yet very effective in eliminating baby’s constipation problem. The procedure involves simply placing one of your forefingers just under the belly button in a clockwise motion, spiralling out to the edge of her belly. With this baby massage technique, you will also notice an improvement in your baby’s sleep pattern and a reduction in discomfort.

Keep your baby’s digestive system moving with this gentle massage. It may also help bring up wind, which can cause discomfort for your little one. Use a clockwise motion from her belly button to the edge of her tummy to make sure everything is moving in an easterly direction. I’m sure you’ll find that your little one will feel much better if you do this regularly.

How To Massage Baby Tummy To Poop

Gentle massage can help to soothe your baby’s tummy troubles. Whether your baby’s suffering with colic or constipation, these easy-to-follow techniques may offer relief.

  • Mum holding her baby's legs1 / 9About digestion massageDigestion massage can help your baby with any of the following:
    • Colic
    • Constipation
    • Excessive wind
    • Tummy troubles in generalYou can give your baby this massage from six weeks onwards. All you need to get started is a warm, quiet and calming environment and some good-quality baby massage cream or oil that’s suitable for your baby’s delicate skin.
  • Happy baby lying half up on a towel2 / 9Before you begin1. Time it right: don’t try to massage your baby just before or after a meal, or when she needs a nap.2. Remove any jewellery that may catch, rub or irritate your baby’s skin.3. Place your baby on a soft, warm towel in the centre of the bed or on the floor.4. Rub the cream or oil in your hands before touching your baby, to warm both your hands and the cream.5. Watch your baby’s reaction to each movement and if she doesn’t like something, stop what you’re doing and give her a cuddle instead.
  • Adult finger on a baby's belly button3 / 9Tummy spirals onePlace your forefinger near your baby’s belly button and start to move in a clockwise motion, spiralling out to the edge of her belly. Progress from one finger gently circling, to the whole palm gently pressing. Hold her tummy to finish. The warmth of your hands will help soothe and calm your baby.
  • Hand gently rubbing a baby's belly4 / 9Tummy spirals twoWhen you are doing tummy spirals, always make sure you’re moving your hands in a clockwise, circular motion. This follows your baby’s line of digestion and helps to create internal movement.
  • Baby with her toes on her nose5 / 9Toes to nosePlace your baby’s feet together, soles touching. Holding this shape, rock your baby’s feet as far towards her nose as is comfortable for her, before returning to the starting position. And repeat. This technique is really great for shifting stubborn wind.
  • Baby having her legs moved from side to side6 / 9TwistsStraighten your baby’s legs or bend her knees and slowly rock her hips from side to side, aiming to keep her top half flat on the floor. This really squeezes the digestive system, helping constipation in particular.
  • Baby having her legs moved in a jumping motion while laying7 / 9JumpingHolding your baby’s feet, gently push her knees up to her belly button before straightening her legs out again, as if she were doing a little jump. Repeat this action in a rhythmic manner. This can be an effective way of releasing wind immediately!
  • Baby having the soles of her feet massaged8 / 9Thumb circlesMassage the palms of your baby’s hands and the soles of her feet by moving your thumbs in a circular motion. You can also do this during feeding to soothe your baby’s digestive system and calm her. It can encourage her to swallow less air while she’s feeding, which may result in less wind later on!

Baby Massage For Gas And Constipation

There may be times when breastfeeding is challenging. Never ignore any issues you may have – talk to your health visitor, midwife, GP or breastfeeding specialist as soon as possible, they will be able to help you sort it out quickly.

Here are some common breastfeeding issues, and tips on what to do.


Constipation makes it more difficult for your baby to have a poo. It’s often caused by their diet and is easy to treat from home.

Symptoms of constipation

The symptoms of constipation in your baby can include:

  • pooing fewer than 3 times in a week
  • finding it difficult to poo, and poos that are larger than usual
  • dry, hard, lumpy or pellet-like poos
  • unusually smelly wind and poo
  • your baby may be less hungry than usual
  • their tummy might feel firm

Other signs of constipation can include your baby lacking energy and being a bit grizzly.

How often should my breastfed baby poo?

There’s no ‘normal’ when it comes to how often babies poo – breastfed babies will sometimes go several days, or even a week without having a poo (this is more common in babies aged 6 weeks or older). You’ll quickly get used to your baby’s bowel movements, so you’ll be able to tell what’s normal for them.

Breastfeeding Friend from Start for Life

The Breastfeeding Friend, a digital tool from Start for Life, has lots of useful information and expert advice to share with you – and because it’s a digital tool, you can access it 24 / 7.

What causes constipation?

Change in diet

It’s quite common for your baby to become constipated when they start taking first infant formula (which is harder to digest than breast milk), or eating processed foods. That’s just because their body is learning how to cope with digesting new things.


Constipation can be caused by a lack of fluids. There are various reasons why your baby may not be getting enough fluids – they may be teething and finding it uncomfortable, it could be down to illness (a cold, a throat or ear infection, etc), or if they are older, not drinking enough fluids with their food. Lack of fluids can make your baby’s poo harder and more difficult to push out.

Lack of fibre

In older babies, it can also be caused by not getting enough fibre, (such as fruit, vegetables and cereals) in their diet. For advice on which foods to include in your baby’s diet, have a look at our guide to What to feed your baby.

Treating constipation

baby lying on their back with parent holding their legs

Here are some tips on helping relieve constipation at home:

  • lie your baby down and gently move their legs like they’re riding a bicycle – this can help get things moving. If your baby is happy lying down, give them a gentle tummy massage
  • if your baby is bottle-fed, try giving them extra water between some feeds
  • if your baby is on solids, make sure they’re getting enough fibre. Apples, pears and prunes are particularly good for constipation. Find out more about foods with plenty of fibre.

It may take a few days to get things moving again, but if things do not improve, speak to your health visitor or doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a laxative, or want to double check that it’s not being caused by any underlying medical conditions.

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