It is frustrating to think that doctors and health professionals do not know the single cause of colic. Quite often you will hear “don’t worry; they will grow out of it”. Sadly there is no agreed, established cause as yet for what is commonly termed ‘colic’. The NHS describes colic as ‘excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy.’
Typical symptoms infants with colic have experienced include:
• tense legs
• firm, swollen abdomen
• pulling of knees into stomach
• a painful cry lasting for extended periods (sometimes hours)
• difficulty tolerating stimulation
• arching of back and neck
It can be so hard to see your little one struggling with colic. However, massage and the use of nurturing touch is ideal for stimulating the digestive system and for helping it to function properly and can often reduce symptoms of colic in a matter of days.
How can massage assist a windy or colicky baby?
Learning the Colic Relief Routine involves a series of massage strokes, touch relaxation and resting hand techniques to stimulate the digestive process, relax your baby and provide relief from symptoms. Applying nurturing touch releases relaxing hormones and reduces stress hormones such as cortisol in your baby.
It is recommended that once you have learnt the routine, the routine is performed 2 to 3 times a day, for five to ten minutes each time. Being consistent and following through with the routine on a daily basis is the key to ensuring relief for your baby as well as a useful preventative measure.
On a colic session with us, you will gain much needed support in a nurturing and caring environment. You will also learn:
• the best time to massage a colicky baby (not necessarily when baby is upset!)
• how the digestive system functions
• useful tips and other techniques to help an infant with colic