Baby Massage For Colic – Guest post by Justina Perry
To coincide with Baby Massage Week UK 2013 (13th May onwards), we thought it would be useful to get some tips on baby massage for colic from expert Justina Perry. If you want to find out more about baby massage classes, just click the link.
If your baby suffers from severe wind or colic, this can be very distressing for you and your baby. We have put together a short sequence of combined baby massage for colic and baby yoga techniques that can help you settle your baby.
If a baby has an attack of colic, it generally occurs at the same time every day, so try and keep a close watch over your baby’s daily activities. Keeping a journal can be helpful in highlighting any triggers
About half an hour before your baby normally has a crying period, begin by lying your baby on a mat. Try to create a soothing, calming, warm environment, with dim lights and as few distractions as possible. Keep any sensory stimulation to a minimum.
Undress your baby, but keep a vest on, as you may also have to pick your baby up and carry him or her around.
Begin with a soothing tummy massage. Make a few gentle circles around the belly button. Keep noise to a minimum, however, it can help to hum a slow tune. This will help keep you and the baby calm. Find a soothing, gentle pace and try to keep your body language and breathing as relaxed as possible.
Next using your handles as paddles, make a gentle flowing movement, gliding down the lower abdomen. Finally, just make a gentle peddling movement with your baby’s legs. Repeat this little sequence and the tummy massage a few times during the day, as it will help strengthen the digestive system and so can help prevent the build-up of wind and tension in the baby.
If your baby begins to cry and will not be soothed by the massage or some of the following methods, you can try and pick him or her up into our miracle baby yoga hold.
- Kneel with your baby on your lap, facing out.
- Put one arm across the chest, and the other arm through the legs.
- Now bring one knee up, then stand.
- Once you’re standing, gently tilt your baby forward, so her belly and chest are resting across your lower arms. Make sure both her arms are hanging over yours.
- You can gently rub her tummy. Some babies also find it soothing if you can gently rock your baby back and forth and. Make sure your arms and shoulders are relaxed. Change sides to prevent straining your shoulders.
- Walk around the room. Eventually you should feel the tension leave your baby’s body and he or she will relax in your arms.
Colic is very distressing for a parent. Take deep calming breathes, throughout, and keep telling yourself, that this phase will pass and even though it is very distressing to hear your baby cry, there are no lasting repercussions for your baby. Keep reminding yourself that this phase will also pass.