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Every mother is always on the lookout for tips on how to calm a fussy baby. If you are too, why not try baby foot reflexology? It can relieve the baby’s body of common aches, pains and ailments.
Put a crying baby in a woman’s hands, and she will try everything in her power to appease the baby. Every baby makes her mother desperate at least once in her life – when the crying just won’t stop. Given as they can’t tell us what exactly is happening to them, mothers often feel at a loss when their babies start crying. They immediately go through the checklist in their mind:
Feed? – Done.
Diaper? – Clean.
Sleep? – Can’t be.
Then why is she crying?
There is one simple way of almost instantly calming a crying baby. What if we told you that you can simply massage your baby’s feet to make her stop crying?
We are talking about foot reflexology.
5 Baby Foot Reflexology Massage Points To Calm Your Baby Instantly
Baby foot reflexology – or simply foot reflexology – is a technique that relies on applying pressure at certain points on the feet to relieve the body of ailments, aches, and pains. Here are 5 common reasons why babies cry, and how reflexology can help you address the situation.
1. Below The Foot-Pad
A lot of times, babies suffer from tummy problems. In fact, they are one of the most common baby problems that most moms have to deal with.
A tummy problem indicates an imbalance in the solar plexus. The reflexology point for this is located below the foot-pad, in the centre. Massage your baby here. Make sure to use gentle strokes, and light pressure.
2. Underside of Toes
Remember how miserable you feel when your nose is choked up like it’s never going to be alright ever again? Imagine your poor little baby going through that!
With seasons getting so erratic, sinus problems have become rather common all year round. With babies, the frequency might increase, given that their immune system is not completely developed. To relieve your baby’s sinus problem, massage gently on the underside of all her toes.
3. Tips of Toes
Sometimes it could be the temperature of the room, sometimes the sun, sometimes the fact that she didn’t get enough sleep, and sometimes hunger – there could be a million reasons why people get headaches, and same is the case with babies. Similarly, teething can be a painful process too.
The reflexology point to take care of head and toothache is the tips of their toes. People who regularly use reflexology even claim that nothing works quite as well as reflexology for teething babies. However, since toe-tips can be rather delicate, make sure you do not massage too firmly or too hard.
Abdomen related issues plague almost all newborns and babies at some or the other time. The most common problems in this group are gas, colic, and constipation/indigestion.
The pressure point for baby constipation, colicky baby, and gas or indigestion can be found as follows: imagine the foot divided into 4 parts one below the other, starting at the base of the toes; massage the second and third part for the upper and lower abdomen respectively.
Pain in the pelvic area is usually associated with a growth spurt. It is quite common for babies, and even small children, to not be able to cope with the physical changes that come with a growth spurt. A growth spurt is when there is rapid increase in your baby’s height and weight. Typically most babies experience a growth spurt in their 6th and 9th month. However, this is only a thumb-rule and may differ from child to child.
While this growth spurt is a good thing (and a common phenomenon too), some babies may not be able to cope with the sudden weight and height increase. It can make certain body parts ache, as they are ill-equipped to handle the sudden growth spurt. One such area is the pelvis.
If your baby is well-cared for but still ill-at-ease, it could be that she is simply growing too fast for her bones and muscles to handle it. To soothe pelvic pain, massage her heels.
Important Tips While Using Reflexology for Babies
- Make sure your strokes are gentle.
- Use light pressure. When the body aches, all nerve endings become extra sensitive. Using too much pressure may actually aggravate the pain instead of easing it.
- Please remember: reflexology is NOT a substitute for traditional medicine. If your baby continues to be in distress, consult your family paediatrician immediately.
- You can include reflexology in your baby’s daily/weekly massage routine as a regular practice. It will help keep problems in check.
Every mother is always on the lookout for tips on how to calm a fussy baby. We hope this new approach proves to be useful for you. Let us know in the comments below, how you used reflexology for your baby.