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Infant Gas: Ways to bring relief through Massage

Infant Gas: Ways to bring relief through Massage

by: Dr. Surinder Kaur Gambhir
Sr. Consultant - Obstetrics & Gynecology Paras Bliss, Panchkula

Gas troubles is a common issue in babies. Numerous children pass through the same, however, some may suffer from some complications.Some babies may appear perfectly happy at all times only fussing when passing gas; other babies will strain, grunt and form a face red. Crying can cause the baby to swallow air and this can lead to a cyclic reaction in which the baby ends up developing gas in his stomach again. Daily infant massage is a great way to bond with the baby and is the best relief for gas. Researchers finding that massage may promote better sleeping, relieve colic and perhaps enhance an infant immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development.

You can learn some useful massages for your bundle of joy. Massage therapy is known for its benefits since ages to treat stress and injuries. Massage is used to address digestive problems. Massage therapy can be taught to new parents and can be a life saver when the baby is in pain and is crying for hours.

Here are some tips and techniques to help you during your Baby’s Massage Therapy:

  • For the massage to be effective for your baby you have to do it often 3 times a day at least.
  • Keep a gap of 30 mins between massage therapy and feeding.
  • Listen for sound effects while giving your baby a massage. Keep your ears open for any sound a the baby is trying to have bowel inoculants.
  • Listen to the baby body language. If he or she is crying then apply more pressure to the tummy, it may indicate gas or any other issue.
  • It is best to calm them down first, and then proceed with feeding or massage. Remember the gas will definitely pass.

Ways of Giving Massage To Your Baby:

  • Use a blanket or towel and cover your feet and knees with towel.
  • Find a warm room to do the massage and a soft surface to lay your baby on.
  • Use edible oil on your baby’s skin because the baby tends to put its hand or feet in their mouth therefore avoid nut oil. Touch the oil or small patch of baby’s skin before using the oil to check for any allergic reaction. Keep your baby in a diaper and lay him on is back facing you.
  • Start massage when she is not sleepy and don’t do massage just after a feed.
  • Start by spreading the oil with both hands with along strokes from your baby’s chest and down towards its legs and feet.
  • When your baby is in pain use the technique i.e. leg pumping to let out gas.
  • Bring his knees together into his stomach draw a circle with his knees in a clockwise direction , applying pressure on his abdomen during the upper circle and releasing pressure on the downwards circle.
  • Just below his belly button use one hand at a time. Each hand should wipe down the belly.
  • Now, do the I LOVE U strokes trace the letter I down your baby’s left side. Then trace an inverted L stroke around the base of ribs from his right to left and down. Trace an inverted stroking from low on the baby’s right side up and around the naval and down the left side.
  • Walk your fingers around the naval clockwise.
  • Rotate the baby’s hips around a few times the right. This helps to expel the gas and rock your hand from side to side a few times.
  • Avoid massaging the tummy if the cord has not shed.
  • Make strokes gentle but firm.
  • Follow baby’s signal when to stop
  • Massage can last for 10 minutes depending on her mood.

Similarly you can do massage of head, face, back, legs and arms.

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