Colic is a mysterious condition that many parents have
a hard time figuring out, even with the help of their doctors. Luckily,
through infant massage you can find some relief for both your baby and
yourself. When you combine infant massage with other things, you might
find that you can almost do away with colic altogether. Never thought about
massaging your baby to help relax and relieve pain? Well, it's time to
The type of massaging you use is something you might want
to talk with your pediatrician about or even get in touch with your chiropractor
and they may be able to recommend a book or class on massaging your child.
There are endless books in bookstores, libraries, and on the Internet that
will teach you how to massage your baby in a way that will help relieve
the pain and the pressure that is causing them to cry and suffer but will
not injure their somewhat fragile little bodies.
Infant massage helps for a couple of reasons. The first
is that it helps to relax your baby. Slow movements will help your baby
from getting too wound up and getting to the point where they are crying
inconsolably. A lot of the time just allowing your child to relax will
help you both from getting so stressed out and making the situation even
worse than it is. Infant massage may also help your child because it helps
to distract the baby from the pain they are in. It seems like your child
couldn't possibly be distracted, right? But, they often can with a good
massage. Think about how you feel when you are just laying on the bed thinking
about your sore back or shoulders, it hurts worse because you have nothing
else to think about. When you start doing something else, it takes your
attention somewhere else and suddenly it doesn't hurt as much. The same
thing will happen when you massage your baby.
Infant massage actually helps to move gas out of the
intestines, relieving your baby of terrible gas pains. During infancy doctors
believe that the intestines may actually be kinked, which may painfully
trap air inside causing pain. When you do leg massages and even rub the
belly you can help move the gas past the kinks to help your child find
Another reason that infant massage often works is because
babies loved to be touched. It's been proven that babies that are held
and touched more suffer less from colic. Just feeling your loving touch
may provide some comfort to your child, so why not massage them lovingly
to help relieve their discomfort? Colic isn't fun, but when you take steps
to help provide some relieve both you and your baby can get through it
About the Author
Vickie Barnes is a colic veteran of two colicky babies.
Please visit her website ColicHelp.com,
for more support and resources for dealing with colic.