Natural Remedy: How to sooth your baby’s tummy with reflexology
Q: My three month old won’t stop crying and I think she’s got a sore tummy, I’ve tried everything and I can’t work out how to sooth her tummy, got any suggestions?
A: Assuming you have already tried swaddling, nappy change, and the infamous newborn “bounce” then let’s move on to reflexology. Baby feet have got to be the easiest and most lovely to very gently work on. So small and precious and new. You might not think this, however, if your baby has been screaming in agony for hours on end, sore tummies are common for newborns who’s digestive systems are just beginning to function.
I highly recommend using light reflexology on newborns and what better time to put some attention to those tootsies than while breast feeding! I used to work on my babies feet almost every time I would feed them to keep their wee systems tuned up.
The areas to focus on are just under the ball of the foot. Baby feet are small so you can’t really go wrong by covering the whole foot and it wont’ take much time. Focus on the stomach, digestive areas and solar plexus. For a wee foot this will comprise most of the bottom of the foot excluding the heel and ball of the foot. During the upcoming reflexology course I will be demonstrating technique and pressure applications.
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