How To Give A Baby Massage For Gas

Hands of a Clock.Envision the face on a clock on your baby’s tummy. Start at 7 or 8 o’clock and move from left to right in a half moon shape, gently pressing and sliding your hands in a clockwise motion.

This gentle massage technique is especially helpful for easing colic and easing gas. Start at 7 or 8 o’clock and move from left to right in a half moon shape, gently pressing and sliding your hands in a clockwise motion.

Place your baby facedown on a blanket on the floor. Position your hands above his head and gently press downward, sliding them toward his feet in a half circle motion. Be sure to repeat this exercise for about one minute, making sure to keep his head supported.

One of the best ways to help a fussy baby calm down is with a good massage. To begin, smooth your hands over her tummy in a clockwise motion with your fingers pointed down towards her feet. Keep going until you meet up with your thumbs on either side of the waistline.

How To Massage Baby Tummy To Poop

Infant massage is a wonderful way to connect and bond with your baby. Not only that, but massaging your baby may also stimulate brain development and speed the myelination of his brain and nervous system.

I had the pleasure of taking a series of infant massage classes with doula and infant massage instructor Brigitte Arle, CD (DONA), CEIM, and one of her classes focused on encouraging digestion and gas elimination to ease the tummy troubles that may be keeping your little one up at night. Here are some of the techniques I learned for relieving colic and gas pain.

  1. Water Wheel – Place one hand under your baby’s rib cage with the pinky side down and palm facing your baby’s feet. Gently scoop your hand down his abdomen, stopping above his pelvis. Repeat the motion with your other hand, and continue alternating hands fluidly.
  2. Knees Up – Bring your baby’s bent knees together toward his belly, taking care to provide support behind his knees with your index fingers. Gently press and bounce his knees into his tummy.
  3. Sun and Moon – Draw your right hand around your baby’s belly in a clockwise full circle and let your left hand follow, drawing a partial clockwise circle.
  4. I Love You – Hold your index and middle finger together, like you’re taking a Girl Scout oath. Gently press the pads of your index and middle finger down the left side of your baby’s belly, from under the rib cage to the leg crease, like an “I”. Then, starting on the left side of your baby’s belly, drag your index and middle finger across to the right and then down, like an inverted “L”. After that, starting at your baby’s right leg crease, drag your fingers in the shape of an upside-down “U” over the bellybutton and all the way to the left leg crease.
  5. Thumbs to Sides – Hold your baby at the waist with both your thumbs in the center of his belly. Draw both thumbs out to the sides of his abdomen simultaneously.

Before you begin a massage, always check in with your baby and ask permission to massage him. If he’s open and receptive to massage at that time, place a few drops of gentle, scent-free massage oil, such as organic sunflower oil, into your palms and rub your hands together near your baby’s head. The sound of your palms rubbing will become a non-verbal cue that lets your baby know he’ll be receiving a massage. Now rest your open hands on his belly and take several cleansing breaths to relax before you start.

Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage and author of Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, recommends repeating what she refers to as “The Colic-Relief Routine” twice a day for at least two weeks. This routine involves doing the following in succession for six counts each: Water Wheel, followed by Knees Up, Sun and Moon, and, lastly, Knees Up again.

Newborn Baby Tummy Massage

  • You 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!
  • Mum giving her baby a kiss9 / 9More baby massagesIf you and your baby enjoyed this digestion massage, why not try one of our other baby massage techniques?

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