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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.

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  • That’s fantastic, thanks for sharing this.

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  • If only this information was available to me when my kids were babies, it would have helped immensely

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  • MASSAGE GREAT FOR BABIES,ADULTS TOO.
    FOR COLIC AND TUMMY DISORDERS YO CAN DO
    MASSAGE GENTLY THE TUMMY IN CIRCULAR CLOCKWISE MOTION
    A MASSAGE PRACTITIONER GAVE ME THIS VALUABLE NOTION
    IT WORKED FOR MY TUMMY PROBLEMS,RELIVING PAIN AND TIGHTNESS
    TOXINS REMOVED FREE UP TIGHTNESS WORTH A TRY,USING BABY LOTION

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  • i never had to deal with this. i feel sorry for the babies and parents that do

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  • I was a colic baby. My Dad was very good at finding the lump in my belly and he found if it pushed on it very gently with one finger it helped me to get rid of it.

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  • I was taught stroking from the bum all the way up to the neck in one soft smooth movement and repeating that over and over
    oh and NEVER rubbing downwards.

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  • Useful information, thank you for this.

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  • I never knew massage could help with colic

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  • it is a hard time my little boy had it and you are willing to give anything a go

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  • We used these techniques with our first son, who had terrible wind pain, and it really helped!

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  • Thanks for sharing this very helpful article.

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  • I’ll guarantee my Mum would have welcomed this advice when I was a colic baby for quite a few months. Sometimes in desperation my Mum would give me another feed, I would burp and be sound asleep within 10 minutes. Apparently if I passed wind anybody holding whilst sitting on a chair could feel it through my nappy.

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  • I used these techniques & they did help my kids

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  • I found nothing including massage helped with my babies colic.

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  • massage is an excellent way to get in touch with your baby
    baby oil and gentle strokes after bath, or at times when pain is apparent do move the body gently to release lactic acid and pockets of air. Massage is good for everyone so get your share
    Jeannie bliss

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