Colic can be a very stressful time, not only for baby who is crying from pains in the tummy, but also for mum, who can be feeling helpless or exhausted.
Although there are no universal agreements on colic causes and treatment, there are special abdominal strokes that you can learn which are specifically designed to ease symptoms of pain, wind, constipation and digestive disturbances.
Special techniques for massaging a baby with colic include:
- Stroke the tummy gently in a clockwise circular motion, keeping your palms flat
- ‘Walk’ your fingertips clockwise in a circular motion on the tummy
- Draw the ‘n’ letter on baby’s tummy
- Bend baby’s knees to the chest and back
Repeat these strokes consistently, several times daily, for a period of at least three weeks. You will definitely see results at the third week, or earlier.
Get the most out of these strokes by applying warmth to the baby’s tummy to dispel the tightness. You can do this by putting your baby in a warm bath and then, once the muscles are more relaxed, repeat the massage strokes.
Don’t be afraid to put your baby into a warm bath, just the waist down, in the middle of the night, if that’s what you feel will help – just follow your instincts and you will find what works for you.
For a baby or toddler in good health, these strokes will quickly disperse gas, ease muscle spasm, tone the digestive system, and help to move food and expel waste efficiently.