It is said that mothers touch means a lot to babies and even grown up kids. It’s because mom’s touch is deemed to have a healing power particularly to premature babies. It is called as prolonged skin-to-skin contact or the Kangaroo Mother Care. This motherly touch is recommended soon after the delivery.
Aside from showing your love to your baby, doing baby massage is a way to improve the emotional and physical health of your baby. According to a pediatrician, reflexology can also benefit your baby. Reflexology promotes relaxation and good health through the pressure points on ears, hands, and feet. But, before you execute reflexology make sure that you have the idea about the pressure points.
A certified reflexology testified that he had experience in giving reflexology to babies and children. Baby reflexology can help your little ones when experiencing constipation or teething issues. It can’t treat the condition, but it alleviates the symptoms. Make sure to bring your baby to a doctor.
How does baby reflexology work?
• Tips of the toes
If your baby is experiencing teething pain, gently press the tips of the toes to relieve the pain. Pressing or touching these pressure points can also relieve ear infection and difficulty in sleeping.
• Upper pads of the feet
This part of the feet corresponds to the chest area. The upper pads are located under the toes, yet before the arch. If your baby experiences chest congestion, persistent coughing, and expel phlegm, all you have to do is to massage the area doing a circular motion.
• Center of the feet
It is best to apply pressure at the center or middle area of the feet. This will help to relieve colds, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pain, and other respiratory problems.
• Upper middle area of each foot
The center area of the feet is linked to the solar plexus. The solar plexus is space between the stomach and the lungs. You can apply pressure to middle area of each foot if your baby experiences breathing issues, tightness, spasms, and upset stomach. Applying pressure can help your baby burp easily.
• Lower center area of the feet
The pressure point that represents the abdomen is the lower middle area of each foot. If your baby feels discomforts caused by bloating and gas, all you have to do is to massage this area.
• Upper center area of the feet
This area represents the upper abdomen. That’s why if your baby has been experiencing indigestion, heartburn, and constipation, all you have to do is to apply gentle pressure and massage to relieve the condition.
• Heel of each foot
The lower part of the hips, rummy, and pelvis are connected to the heel. Rubbing the heel can alleviate constipation and improve posture problems.
Reflexology is a safe and effective way to keep your baby calm and relax. But, since the skin and bones of your baby is soft and sensitive, make sure to apply just gentle pressure. The best time to do reflexology to your baby is during feeding time or when the baby is asleep. You can use essential oils such as lavender or even the virgin coconut oil.
Here’s a Reflexology Video: