Foot Massage For Gassy Baby

If your doctor says it’s okay to give it a go, consider the pressure point for the stomach and intestines that’s located around the upper middle of the foot, just below the pad. Gently stroking this area of your baby’s foot may bring some gas relief.

Massaging the pad of your baby’s foot could bring some relief from gas. Gently stroke the area where the stomach and intestines are located on their foot just below the pad, and it might help relieve the discomfort.

Stomach aches are no fun for your baby. If you think that a foot massage may help, try gently massaging the pressure point on her upper middle foot just below the pad. This may bring some much-needed relief.

If you have a gassy baby, consider giving your little one’s foot a gentle rub. Dr. Harvey Karp, author of “The Happiest Baby on the Block,” recommends stroking the area just below the pad of your baby’s foot with your fingertips to help relieve gas. Studies show that this can be effective and safe for babies 6 months of age or older (see Resources for more info).

Foot Massage For Colic Baby

???? 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: http://lucysangels.co.uk/baby-massage-baby-yoga-videos/preparing-to-massage-baby-with-massage-oil

????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.

How To Massage Baby Tummy To Poop

Proponents of foot reflexology say the practice can improve conditions like gas and indigestion, but scientific evidence is lackingTrusted Source. Again, it’s best to talk to your pediatrician as a precaution before beginning any at-home remedy like reflexology.

If your doctor says it’s okay to give it a go, consider the pressure point for the stomach and intestines that’s located around the upper middle of the foot, just below the pad. Gently stroking this area of your baby’s foot may bring some gas relief.

Baby massage for colic

There is no single known cause of colic. While gas has been suggested as one of the possible causes, treatments aimed at reducing gas do not always lessen colic symptoms.

The Mayo Clinic suggests massage as a possible soothing method for colicky babies, but notes that no soothing method is guaranteed to help all babies or work every time.

Parents of a colicky baby should be prepared to rely on a wide range of soothing measures, and this may include baby massage if you so choose.

If you notice that your little one’s burps include excessive spit-up or projectile vomit, or if your baby seems to be in pain during or following feeds, consult their doctor.

Your pediatrician can rule out other possible causes for the discomfort including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and suggest other treatments as necessary.

Other tips for managing gas

If massage doesn’t seem to be working for your little one or you’re looking for some additional comfort measures, there are plenty of things you can try to help manage and prevent gas:

  • Bicycle your child’s legs in the air while they lie on their back. This may help move gas through the system and encourage a poop if your little one is constipated.
  • Gently twist baby’s legs and hips from side to side, which may help move things along the digestive track.
  • Spend some extra time burping your baby during feeds to help air escape early in the digestive process.
  • If you’re bottle-feeding, check the nipple flow. If the flow is too fast, your child may be gulping air when they drink.
  • Change bottle brands. Though no one brand is perfect for eliminating gas, there may be one that works better at reducing gas for your baby.
  • Switch to a ready-made version of your baby’s powdered formula. Though if you don’t note any change, you can go back to the (less expensive) powdered version.

Some caregivers report that over-the-counter medications like gripe water or gas drops help their babies with gas. Make sure to check with your child’s doctor before going this route.

Takeaway

Gas can be unpleasant for babies and their parents. There is nothing harder than seeing your little one in distress, but don’t give up hope!

Massage may help them move gas through their digestive system, and there’s nothing like a parent’s touch to comfort a child.

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