Discover the true meaning behind infant constipation and how to use baby massage to alleviate your babe’s discomfort. While it is true that most breast-fed babies rarely suffer infant constipation, there are some that do and parents seeking some simple ‘hands on” techniques can be effective and pleasurable for your colicky baby before having to seek advice from a medical practitioner.
After a warm bath, with a teaspoon of epsom or himalayan salts from your local health food store, you can lay your baby gently on her back and with a little olive or almond oil on your fingers, you can trace a gentle clock-wise circle about 2-4 inches from her belly button with your fingers. You may not know it, but you are following the natural circuit of the large intestine and encouraging peristalsis (the squeezing action of the intestines) for the purpose of promoting elimination. Make sure baby is reacting favorably to this kind of stimulation as severe cramping or colic isn’t a normal reaction. If you are a visual learner, here is a great short video on infant massage to illustrate the technique with real live wriggling infants.
If you prefer to read more about this technique, have a look at this “How To Give Your Baby A Loving Infant Massage” by Diane Cuesta.
You can also enhance the effectiveness of the massage by adding a few drops of specially formulated essential oils to your massage oil. “Heal Baby Constipation” is specially formulated with 100% natural essential oils, extracted from plants. The formula is designed specifically for babies and children and is gentle, free from pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, and is completely organic.
The other baby massage technique that works well is the recumbent bicycle. While baby is on his back, you can take his legs and gently imitate the motion of riding a cosmic bike. This also acts to stimulate peristalsis in the same way that walking and movement helps us parents to stay regular. If, during the baby massage, you feel hard or knotty stool, or you don’t hear any gas bubbles when you put your ear to baby’s tummy, it may be a sign of an obstruction from too much stool built up and the next action would be a trip to your medical practitioner for the appropriate remedy or intervention.
Have fun with baby massage techniques on a regular basis, as this is a brilliant way to bond and connect with your infant. There are many benefits to massaging your baby. It stimulates growth-promoting hormones, and also increases the quantity of enzyme formation, which optimizes digestion. It can also improve a baby’s ability for deep sleep, which contributes to a more steady mood. A further study of the benefits of infant massage can by found in this “The Health Advantages Of Infant Massage” by Alex Hanson.Its never too early to get started and building in these health benefits way before your baby switches from breast to bottle or to solid foods, and that way she will be well primed before infant constipation ever becomes an issue.