Need to know how to calm a colicky baby?
This can seem like an overwhelming task, but there are ways to calm a crying baby in just seconds. Really!
Read on to learn how to get a fussy, colicky baby to settle down.
Two Secrets of How to Calm a baby
Secret #1: The Massage
Massaging certain sensitive points on the feet can be a great way to get a baby to feel better and calm down.
Massage stimulates nerve endings that are connected to different parts of the brain and body, so massaging different parts of a baby’s foot can have different effects on other body parts. Here are a few of the points you can focus on.
Arches of Feet
The center or arch of the foot is a good place to massage for babies with indigestion, constipation, or other abdominal issues. Colic is most often associated with gas and abdominal discomfort.
Tips of Toes
If your baby is teething or might have other pain located around the area of their head, the tips of the toes are the points to massage. If teething pain has been an ongoing problem, you can even massage the toes while they sleep so the pain doesn’t wake them.
Center of Toes
The bottom center of the toes corresponds to sinuses. If colds, allergies, or other sinus pressures are causing problems, focus a massage on this area.
Pads of Feet
Massaging the pads or bottoms of the feed can help babies with pain or discomfort in the chest area, such as congestion.
Secret #2: The Hold
The massage technique can be combined with a special hold, giving you the maximum chances of calming your colicky baby.
There are four steps to this hold:
- Pick up the baby, folding his or her arms across the chest so they are snug.
After the arms are folded, use your hand to keep the arms secure, while at the same time supporting the baby’s chin with that hand.
Using your other (dominant) hand, hold the baby’s bottom gently. For a more secure hold, you’ll want to use the palm of your hand, not your fingers.
Hold the baby up at a 45-degree angle in this hold, and softly rock him or her. Use an up or down motion, or very carefully shake the baby’s bottom. You need to use smooth movements and avoid jerking or roughly rocking the baby. Maintain the angle, as this helps you keep control with your hold.
Calm Your Baby the Natural Way
Using these home remedy techniques, you can avoid visits to the doctor trying to figure out what’s wrong, by keeping your fussy baby calm.
These tactics have been tried and proven many times, on many different infants. Once you’ve mastered how to calm a colicky baby, you can repeat the results over and over again.
Of course, it is still important to have regular medical check-ups and to seek professional medical care if your baby is sick or has other concerns.
However, using these natural remedies has been supported by pediatricians. To keep your baby happy and healthy, it takes a combination of both modern medicine and natural at-home solutions.
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