How to Heal and Soothe Your Baby, the Natural Way for Free
Bringing a baby into the world is a miracle, but OMG it can be the hardest job in the world too! And with everything that’s happening in the world right now, you probably wouldn’t want to be taking your baby into the doctor more than necessary right? Your baby is crying and no matter what you do, it doesn’t seem to help. You try rocking them, singing soothingly, then singing loud (maybe that’ll help!). Put them in the car and go for a drive, this can be a surprisingly good one and most parents have tried this…I know I have; it can work well but do you really want to be driving at odd hours and then you have to get them out of the car and into bed without disturbing them? It can be so overwhelming, I remember being so scared with my first born, that the thought of having to go grocery shopping with him was terrifying, because what would I do if he started crying uncontrollably and I didn’t know what was wrong with him and couldn’t stop his crying!
Fast forward quite a few years and boy do I wish I knew then what I know now, I would have been far less anxious and probably would have enjoyed being a new mother a whole lot more than what I did. I’d like to try and take some of the anxiety out of parenting and replace it with knowledge and confidence, so your first go to, after you’ve tried everything you usually do to soothe them, doesn’t have to be baby pharmaceuticals.
Did you know that there are areas on your babies’ feet that you can gently press or massage that can alleviate many symptoms your baby may be experiencing? Well let me tell you that there are, and that it is seriously so simple ! So, pay attention mums and dads because you are about to be armed with a lot of valuable information to soothe your baby and make your life a whole lot easier, not to mention quieter.
Acupressure is an ancient form of therapy, where pressure is applied to specific pressure/reflex points in the body, activating the body’s self-healing mechanisms, treating illness and alleviating pain. It has its foundation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is thought to have originated in China more than 5000 years ago. It is one of the most effective alternative therapies being used by many to alleviate many common ailments. Every point is connected to a specific organ, muscle, bone or body system and by gently applying pressure to a point, it sends an energetic signal along the meridian lines of the body and directly to the corresponding area, giving relief from the pain or discomfort and helping your baby maintain a healthy immune and digestive system. Acupressure massage can help calm your baby, aiding in relieving teething, stomach pains or nausea, colds and flu, even opening up the sinuses and helping to relieve headaches. Acupressure is safe, drug free and can be used anywhere, anytime, during bath time, dressing, nursing or when you just can’t seem to settle them. As babies don’t have the level of toxins that an adult can have in their bodies and they have a lot going on in their energy, babies can be more easily treated through this alternative form of therapy. However, it is important to use the correct technique and work on the corresponding area to get the therapeutic benefits, otherwise you will not get the desired results.
What are the benefits of baby massage?
- It encourages interaction and bonding between you and your baby
- Reduces crying
- Helps your baby to relax and sleep
- Has a positive effect on your babies hormones that control stress
Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
- Calm yourself first, don’t panic or worry that the session may not go down well. If your baby doesn’t seem comfortable while you are working you can always stop. I suggest that you start practicing straight away, your baby will become accustomed to the touch and so when the time comes to put these methods into practice you will both be more comfortable and confident. Prevention is always better, so why not start practicing now.
- Wait 45 minutes after feeding to start using these massage techniques as massaging too soon after feeding can cause your baby to vomit.
- You can use Acupressure 1 – 3 times every day, keep the time to 10 to 20 minutes in total.
- Use gentle pressure only with small circular motions.
- 20 seconds is the maximum time to spend on any one point, however just a few seconds on each point should be enough to heal a baby.
As you can see in the diagram the feet can be broken up into different areas, the toes representing the head, the balls of the feet the chest/lungs, down to the Solar Plexus and into the Kidneys/Bladder and Colon. Massaging in the direction of the energy flow, applying gentle pressure, you can help relieve discomfort from congestion and blockages. Acupressure is a great way to heal your baby’s ailments and such a wonderful way to bond and get to know your baby even more. However, if your baby has any underlying health issues talk to your doctor before trying any form of therapy. Acupressure is an alternative form of treatment, in case of severe or extreme issues, it is advisable to consult a doctor.
By now I can imagine your wheels are turning at the thought that you really do have a lot more power than you realised when it comes to your babies physical and mental wellbeing. When and how often you massage your baby is a personal choice, you may choose to give them a daily massage or give your toddler a massage at night-time as part of their bedtime routine.
Babies can’t verbally communicate with us what is wrong with them and unless you’re a baby whisperer it can be hard to pinpoint what has your little one in such a state. So next time your baby is fussing, or just out right squawking try using a foot rub. Or next time you want your baby to go to sleep try using the “Sleep button”. YES…such a thing does exist! That little sweet spot I’m talking about is right between the eyebrows. Just running a finger down the forehead, through the eyebrows and to the end of the nose with a gentle stroke will have their eyes closing within 30 seconds. These techniques can help alleviate your babies’ symptoms as well as a lot of stress for yourself, an added bonus being that you become more in tune with your little love the more you engage in touch.
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