This post: baby massage for colic, gas + constipation.
One of the best things you can learn as a new mommy is a how to give your baby a massage.
Science backs the claims that touch therapy benefits babies physically, as well as emotionally.
In addition to increasing bonding between an infant and parent, baby massage has been linked to
-weight gain in low-weight infants,
-improved motor skills,
-better sleeping patterns
-and healthier digestion. (source)
In this post, I want to focus on how baby massage can help with colic, constipation, and gas.
I am the blessed mama of five children, and every one of my babies had tummy troubles.
Thankfully, I discovered this simple tummy massage when our first baby was an infant, and used it for each of my little ones.
This baby massage is so effective for relieving discomfort caused by gas, colic, and constipation.
I want to show you a super simple way to love on your little baby and help relieve his or her tummy ache.
If your little one is suffering with tummy issues, I hope you’ll give this baby massage a try.
Here’s a simple tutorial:
#1 First, lay Baby down on his back.
The cute little guy in the collage below is my oldest son, when we was about three months old.
He sure loved getting his tummy massaged!
With the palm of your hand near the top of Baby’s rib cage, bring your hand down in a sweeping motion, gently pressing his tummy.
The point is to work any air (gas) down and out, as well as to relieve any built-up pressure.
Repeat this motion several times before going on to the next step-
#2 Place your finger tips over Baby’s belly button area and massage gently and slowly in a clock-wise, circular motion.
Continue for 30 seconds or so.
This helps Baby pass any gas that is on his tummy.
It will also help stimulate your baby’s bowls if he is constipated.
#3 Lastly, take hold of Baby’s ankles and gently press his legs toward his chest and hold for a few seconds.
Repeat several times.
You can also “pedal” his legs (as if he’s riding a bicycle), and alternate the two motions.
I usually repeated all of the steps several times until it was obvious that my baby’s tummy was feeling better. (It usually only took a few minutes.)
Tips for Baby Massage
The only times my babies didn’t enjoy the massage was if their tummy was very gassy from crying, colic, etc, or if they were constipated.
(You can usually tell your baby is constipated by gently probing the stomach area with your finger tips, which will feel hard to the touch.)
If your baby is too upset or his tummy hurts too much to give the massage, try giving him a dose of Gripe Water first.
After giving a dose of Gripe Water, hold your baby in an upright position, as if you are trying to burp him, and gently pat his back.
The air in his tummy will usually come up or out within a few minutes and you can try the tummy massage again.
Want to learn more about baby massage?
Check out the book, Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents, by Vimala McClure.
You may also be interested in:
Lucy Johns, a holistic therapist, created this helpful video tutorial-
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