What do you do if you’re baby has colic?
When my baby (now 6) had colic. I didn’t know what to do. It was a nightmare to watch her be in pain and not know how to soothe her. We gave her some herbal drops which soothed her… For about 30 seconds.
I am an acupuncturist and am now qualified to work with babies and children (in the Japanese Shonishin therapy). So, I would have a better idea of what to do. But no baby! That’s why I invite those of you who have babies and don’t know what to do to call me up or email me to bring YOUR baby to my clinic so I can show YOU what to do. It’s really easy when you know how.
For those of you that can’t get to me in sunny, old, cold England right now. This is what you can do.
When you’re baby isn’t in pain – stroke your baby’s tummy gently with the tips of your fingers in a downward motion.
If you’re feeling more adventurous you can use the palm of your hand to massage her/his tummy. Use your palm and massage in a clock-wise (this is very important) direction around the stomach. If there are any signs of discomfort it may be that the massage is alleviating fullness in the tummy i.e moving stuck food or wind. If it is too uncomfortable don’t proceed.
You can move on to stroking the outer areas of the legs. Use the pad of your thumb or the tips of your fingertips. Don’t be afraid, you’re baby will let you know if you press too hard. Also, try not to be too light in your touch. It feels tickly.
When you get to the feet, pay particular attention to the base of the big toe. Rub it there. ( For the acupuncturists amongst us, it’s Spleen 3.) It’s important because it helps to tonify the system.
You can stroke the back as well. All over the body. Keep the whole massage to under 10 minutes.
All babies are born with a constitutional weakness, according to the Japanese. When that weakness is sorted out, all of the related symptoms should resolve.
Ok that’s enough for now! If you have a baby with colic and managed to read all of that I’d be very surprised. But if you did, well done!
Back to ‘Being Mum’ for me now ….