According to reflexology experts, massaging your baby’s feet in specific areas can settle an upset or fussy baby.
Reflexology is a natural pain relief that is done by massaging pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain.
Sounds crazy right? Like how can a massage on the feet calm my baby down? Won’t it just agitate my baby more?
I came across this idea when I was researching different ways to help Molly’s reflux and noticed that when she was having a fussy day or she was crying more than usual and nothing I normally do to try and soothe her worked, this method had an immediate impact.
For it to work, I bathed Molly first. This is one of her usual ways she likes to calm down. The warm water encourages blood flow to her feet which makes the massage more effective.
Different points in the foot work for different areas of your baby’s body. If your baby has trouble with a specific area, then you can focus your massage on that area. It may take a few tries to get use to it but keep at it! Trust me.
Babies grow at an unbelievable rate! You know yourself, you look at them one day and the next they have doubled in size. Growing at a fast rate can cause pain in their hips as some areas of their body grows quicker than other areas.
To solve this problem: Rub your baby’s heel.
Rubbing the heel area can help babies if they suffer from upset stomachs or constipation too.
Upper and Lower Abdomen Pain
Massaging the space in the middle of your baby’s foot and the pads of their feet can help problems with heartburn, indigestion and constipation.
Massaging the middle of the foot and heel will help problems with bloating and painful gas.
Massaging the center of the foot just below the pads of the feet where the arch begins will help to solve the problem of upset tummies, tightness and spasms.
How can massaging the middle of a foot help with stomach pain I asked myself?
Well, the center of the foot is a direct link to a collection of nerves between the lungs and stomach called the Solar Plexus.
Massaging the pad area below your baby’s toes and above the arch can help with congestion in the chest and coughing problems.
Apply a gentle pressure and massage in a circular motion for this to work.
We all know how horrible Sinus pain is, well that is if you have suffered from it before. Imagine how a baby feels when suffering from Sinus pain when they are new to the world and have never experienced anything like it before. 🙁
To help, apply a gentle pressure and massage the center underside of your baby’s toes. Instant relief 🙂
Saving the best till last. Massaging the very tips of your baby’s toes can help to ease the pain of tooth ache. When your baby is teething you feel helpless in being able to cure their pain. You give them Calpol but sometimes it is nice to have a natural pain relief remedy for teething babies.
Massaging the tips of their toes can help to distract your baby from the pain too and the massage can even be done when your baby is asleep.
Always remember, serious issues with your baby need to be consulted by your doctor. Reflexology is a great way to help with everyday issues and bond with your baby. Give them a go and see how they feel 🙂
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