Babies cry about everything and it is very difficult for most parents to get them to calm down. It’s not their fault. Babies can’t communicate what is wrong with them. Tummy aches, constipation, colds, and teething all cause extreme discomfort and there are very few remedies that are safe for parents to use. Even some natural remedies are not safe for young children.
One thing that is safe to try is foot reflexology. We have talked extensively about this topic before as it can be used to help a person go to sleep and relax. There is also hand reflexology to help treat chronic health issues.
Thus, it would only make sense that reflexology would work with children as well.
“Babies’ feet have undeveloped arches, and their skin and bones are usually fairly soft making reflexology an effective and fast modality for babies. By applying gentle pressure to congested areas in the feet, blockages can be released to restore the flow of energy to the whole body.” (source)
Babies feet are made for reflexology touches!
Give these a try!
Head and Teeth
Just like in adult reflexology, the tips of the toes correspond with the head and the teeth. Massaging these points are perfect for babies who are teething.
Babies can’t take decongestants. (No one should be taking decongestants.) So the pads of the toes are especially important for babies who have congested sinuses. Use a circular motions when massaging the pads of the toes.
The balls of the feet, the area just below the base of the toes, corresponds with the lungs. Chest congestion can be a serious problems for infants. It makes it difficult for them to sleep and eat. Massaging this part of the foot in a circular motion will help.
The solar plexus are located just behind the stomach, so rubbing this area is perfect for babies with an upset tummy. Just rub this point in small, slow circles to provide optimal relief. It is also a good point to massage if your baby is have troubles breathing.
Upper and Lower Abdomen
Rubbing the upper and lower abdomen is great for a baby who is constipated or gassy. The upper abdomen location is where a person should rub if their baby isn’t pooping as much as they should. The lower abdomen location is best for gas.
Babies grow very fast and this can sometimes give them hip problems. Rubbing the heel of the foot will help with this problem. It is also another good place to rub for constipation or tummy problems.
The video below outlines a fantastic foot massage that will help with any baby problems.
Check it out!
Who is ready to use reflexology on their baby?
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