Almost all parents know to struggle with cranky babies. Whenever the babies experience discomfort, they usually show that through cry. Babies may experience many different discomforts, such as constipation, congestion, flu, and tummy pains. Fortunately, there is an effective and natural remedy to soothe baby’s discomfort.
Therefore, we present you an ancient Chinese practice, called foot reflexology, which can soothe and help with many conditions and diseases. Moreover, due to its therapeutic effects, food reflexology is very effective with adults and with babies. The babies are even more receptive because their ligaments and muscles aren’t fully developed.
What is Baby Reflex?
Baby Reflex is a specific and a gentle form of reflexology used with babies, infants, and toddlers. It is done by applying pressure with the fingertip and thumb on the babies’ feet. This practice can improve the sleep of babies, soothe the pain they may be experiencing, and strengthen the bond between the baby and the parent.
When compared to adults, babies are more receptive to touch. Therefore, applying pressure on specific points can treat various health conditions and discomforts. For instance, below you can see how to treat some common issues which babies experience and cry about.
Steps to Prepare the Baby for the Foot Reflexology
- You can perform this practice while bathing, nursing or dressing the baby for bed.
- You can even perform it while in the park.
- It is enough to press the points for 10-15 minutes.
- Use gentle and small circular motions with very light pressure.
- Avoid spending more than 30 seconds on one pressure point.
Common Acupressure Points for Babies
Points to Relieve Teeth Pain and Headache
In order to soothe issues related to the head and teeth, you should apply pressure on the tips of the toes.
Points to Relieve Sinus Problems
If your baby is experiencing discomfort caused by sinuses, such as a runny nose, apply pressure on the center of the toes.
Points to Relieve Chest Issues
In order to relieve chest congestion and eliminating phlegm accumulation, massage the top of the foot above the arch.
Points to Relieve Upper Abdomen Pain
If your baby is experiencing bowel obstruction and pain in the upper abdomen, you should gently rub the center of the foot soles. This will provide relief and treat digestive issues.
Points to Relieve Lower Abdomen Pain
The baby’s discomfort from constipation can be treated by applying pressure on the lower regions of the sole. Hence, the lower half of the arch is connected to the lower abdomen.
Points to Relieve the Pain in the Solar Plexus
Apply the pressure on the upper area of the foot arch. This will soothe the pain in the solar plexus.
Points to Relieve Pelvic Pain
Massage the heel of the baby’s foot to eliminate the pelvic pain. This will soothe postural problems and muscle tightness.