Massage for Colicky Infant/Child
Does your baby or infant exhibit the following colic symptoms?
A very loud, inconsolable cry A red face
A tense, hard abdomen
Drawn-up legs Clenched fists
Colic is Clinically defined as crying more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks in an otherwise well fed, healthy baby, infant colic usually starts a few weeks after birth.
All babies cry, some do so far more than others. Despite being healthy, well fed and well cared for, some babies cry inconsolably.
Studies show that there may be a connection between colicky babies and postpartum depression. A relaxing massage session can help women suffering from postpartum.
My son had colic when he was a baby, it didn’t matter what time of day, he would just scream. As parents, we didn’t know what to do, or what was causing it. As I was going through massage school, I found that colic occurs when the digestive track is not working properly, either causing gas or a back of poop in the colon. At this time my son was 3 years old and still suffering from colic. Being older we were able to communicate with him as to what was bothering him, finding out it was his tummy and he wasn’t going to the bathroom daily we knew what was going on. At this point, now knowing about abdominal massage, I would massage his tummy and by morning he was going to the bathroom. Studies say that children grow out of colic by 3 months, from my experience, they may not scream as much, but they still do not have a bowel movement as often as they should, thus causing a back-up and a hard abdomen. My son is now 13 years old, and if he has issues, he asks me for an abdominal massage to help get things moving. I wish I knew than what I knew now, it would have saved a lot of frustration.
Massage for Colic is Primarily based on the premises that infant colic is due to trapped gas, an underdeveloped digestive system and a highly sensitive nervous system, massage therapy can work wonders on an inconsolable infant.
As a Massage Therapist I can teach you techniques on how to stimulate your colicky baby’s digestive system and calm the nervous system, giving you the parent the power to bring comfort to your baby and peace into your home.
Please contact me to set up your 15-minute session to learn 4 techniques that can help your colicky baby or child.
A physician must be consulted to rule out a serious problem.
A parent should call his or her baby's doctor or go to an emergency room, if:
- The baby has not previously been evaluated by a doctor for constant crying for more than three hours or the cries are unusually shrill or intense
- The baby seems to be in pain or acts sick
- The baby's temperature is over 100.5 º F
- The baby is vomiting or has diarrhea
- You as the parent are afraid of hurting your baby or feel as if you cannot care for your baby.