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  • Writer's pictureMelissa Gaul

A Soothing Solution for Colic

Colic can be distressing for both babies and parents, but baby massage offers a gentle and effective way to provide relief. In this article, we'll explore how baby massage can help alleviate colic symptoms and offer practical tips.

Baby massage relaxes muscles, promotes bonding, stimulates blood circulation, and enhances sleep, making it a valuable tool for colic relief.

Practical Tips for Baby Massage

Choose the Right Time- Pick a calm moment when your baby isn't too full or hungry.

Create a Comfortable Space- Find a warm, quiet room with soft lighting and a soft surface.

Use Safe Oils- Opt for baby-safe oils like coconut or grapeseed oil, warmed in your hands.

Gentle Strokes- Use rhythmic, clockwise strokes on the baby's abdomen, watching for comfort cues.

Follow Your Baby's Lead- Be attuned to your baby's responses and adjust accordingly.

Stay Consistent- Incorporate massage into your daily routine for ongoing relief.

Baby massage is a natural way to ease colic while strengthening your bond. Patience and the soothing touch of massage can bring comfort to your baby during this challenging phase. Always consult with your pediatrician if you have concerns about your baby's colic or health.

"The I Love U" Baby Massage Technique:

Find a quiet, warm space and lay your baby on their back on a soft surface. Ensure clean hands and trimmed nails.

Warm Your Hands: Rub baby-safe oil between your palms to warm it up.

"I" Stroke: Use your right hand to make an "I" motion, moving down from just below the ribcage to the lower abdomen. Repeat gently.

"Love" Stroke: Form an "L" with both hands, moving from upper left to lower right and upper right to lower left on the baby's belly.

"U" Stroke: Create a "U" shape by stroking in a clockwise direction around the navel, following the belly's natural curve.

Pay close attention to their cues and stop if they appear uncomfortable.

Talk softly, make eye contact, and maintain a soothing tone to bond with your baby during the massage.

If you'd like to join me for a relaxed baby massage class find out more here

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