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How massage will assist your colicky baby
The Colic Relief Routine as it is known is an easy to follow routine that has been scientifically researched to provide stimulation for the digestive system and therefore relief of abdominal wind, gastrointestinal (digestive) cramping, and constipation and also helps to assist elimination. This particular routine also releases built-up stress by calming and relaxing your baby and relaxing the stomach area.
It is extremely important to always massage your baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction. This is to support the flow of the gastrointestinal system. When pockets of air are trapped in the gastrointestinal system this causes excruciating pain for your baby; this is physically what your baby is experiencing in a colicky episode.
It is frustrating to think that doctors and health professionals do not know the single cause of colic. Quite often you will hear “don’t worry; they will grow out of it.” I know I did when my first born was about 5 weeks old. That was nearly 10 years ago now but I still remember to this day the constant crying and feeling of helplessness. Little did I know the healing power of touch was in my hands!
Typical symptoms infants with colic have experienced include:
• tense legs
• firm, swollen abdomen
• pulling of knees into stomach
• a painful cry lasting for extended periods (sometimes hours)
• difficulty tolerating stimulation
• arching of back and neck
As a parent or caregiver, some things to ask yourself include:
• Does the crying occur in a predictable pattern eg the same time each day?
• When does your baby cry? Look for symptoms relating to diet, over-stimulation, intolerance to certain foods / cows milk / lactose.
• Are there any patterns emerging?
Given the immaturity of the digestive system in most infants, this may contribute to a large portion of colicky babies. Massage is ideal for stimulating the digestive system and for helping it to function properly.
How can massage assist a windy or colicky baby?
Learning the Colic Relief Routine involves a series of massage strokes, touch relaxation and resting hand techniques to stimulate the digestive process, relax your baby and provide relief from symptoms. Applying nurturing touch releases relaxing hormones and reduces stress hormones such as cortisol in your baby. There are many studies done to support this, the main source worldwide comes from The Touch Research Institute, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
It is recommend that once you have learnt the routine, to perform the routine 2 to 3 times a day, for five to ten minutes each time. Being consistent and following through with the routine on a daily basis is the key to ensuring relief for your baby as well as a useful preventative measure.
Idibidi Kids certified infant massage instructor will show you:
• Colic Relief Routine
• Touch relaxation and Resting hands
You will learn:
• Explain how the digestive system functions
• Provide useful tips and other techniques to help an infant with colic
•Provide you with the Colic Relief Routine picture guide
• Parent breathing and relaxation exercises
We provide you with much needed support in a nurturing and caring environment.
Help is a phone call away! Idibidi Kids will come to your home (or location), north, south or east of Perth in the metro. area. Evidence shows that babies settle quicker and are more responsive in familiar surroundings.