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30 Gentle Touch Therapies to Help a Crying Baby

Constipation An important acupressure point for treating constipation is located about an inch from the navel. Gently tap this area 10 times on each side, letting… Simi - December 11, 2018

Constipation

An important acupressure point for treating constipation is located about an inch from the navel. Gently tap this area 10 times on each side, letting your finger wander a bit to cover an area of about an inch in diameter. Work in a clockwise direction, circling and spiraling outwards until you reach the right hip. This follows the flow of the small intestine and helps to move contents along the gut.

Make large circles around the abdomen, starting just inside the right hip. Move your flat fingers and palms up to the right side of the rib cage and across to the same point on the left side. Stroke down to just inside the left hip, and along the base of the abdomen to the right hip. Repeat several times to help shift the contents of the colon.

Upset tummy or diarrhea

As an adult, you know how distressing diarrhea can be, and it’s even worse for babies. They pass runny, mucus-filled stools, usually due to a bacterial or viral infection or sensitivity to certain foods. Diarrhea in newborns can be very serious if the baby becomes dehydrated.

You can use acupressure to relieve your baby’s distress. The pressure point is in the abdomen at the midpoint between the naval and the lowest point of the ribcage. Apply pressure slowly and do two sessions daily for some relief for baby.

Gas and bloating

Babies with gas or wind experience pain and often cry until the wind has passed. Certain acupressure points can help to relieve this. Place the palm of your hand over the bare tummy. Lean your baby forward, pressing the tense abdomen against your hand.

What will also help is to lie your baby down on the back and rub softly on the area around the belly button in a circular, clockwise motion. An abdominal massage that follows the course of the large intestine helps to move gas through the system that contributes to abdominal distension and pain. 

Colic

Sometimes babies will cry for hours without any apparent cause. Most of the time, it is probably due to colic. Acupressure can work wonders when babies have colic. The acupressure point used to relieve gas can also help to ease colic if it is caused by gas. Another point is located on the outside of the index finger, on the joint where the index finger meets the hand.

Apart from massaging these points, you can stand with one arm outstretched and place your baby on your forearm, with his head nearest to your hand and his legs straddling your upper arm. Position your free hand firmly on his back and press the heel of your lower hand into his abdomen, just below the ribs. Now bounce your outstretched hand up and down gently to relieve your baby’s stomach pain. 

Fever

There are various acupressure points to relieve fever.  To help reduce your baby’s fever, try the pressure points located at the base of their thumbnails. Use a gentle grasp of the thumbs without pinching them for about 10 seconds with a few hours in between throughout the day. Another point is located on the tips of the middle fingers.

Place the finger in between your index and middle finger and squeeze gently.  This brings down your baby’s fever more quickly than just waiting it out.

Sleeplessness

An acupressure point lies between your baby’s two eyebrows that some people even call the ‘sleep button.’ If you’re trying to soothe your baby to sleep and you’ve addressed the causes of wakefulness, such as hunger, warmth, a diaper change, etc., try this pressure point. Use a soft, stroking touch for about 10 to 20 seconds, and it will prompt your baby to relax and close his or her eyes.

You can touch this point as often as you want to with no bad side effects but your baby receives the maximum benefit after only a short time. If your baby starts waking, you can just gently touch it again. Another pressure point that helps in enhancing the release of endorphins to promote restful sleep is located on the ridge of bone between the ear and the spine, between the two joining muscles. 

Coughing

Sometimes your baby may have recovered from illness but still has a persistent cough. It may be a dry, hacking cough or a slightly croupy cough but it should respond to pressure on acupressure points. A cough suppressant point is located on the top section of the baby’s index fingers, just above the knuckles.

Don’t pinch when you apply pressure to this point – hold on to the fingers. Try to hold on for about five seconds when the baby is coughing. Baby should calm down while you hold the fingers and the frequency of coughing should also be less. You can also focus on the middle chest. Use circular motions for relief.

Earache

Excess fluid in the ears can cause a great deal of pain for babies. To help drain the fluid in the ears, knead the point just behind the earlobe and the one right in front of the ear canal for about 10-20 seconds each.

You can also do a neck massage. Apply oil or lotion and place your thumb at the base of the ear where the ear, neck, and jaw meet. Gently apply pressure in a downward motion until you feel the collarbone. Repeat for about 30 seconds.

General restlessness

Your baby’s neurovascular points are found on their forehead, just above the eyebrows. You want to use gentle pressure to increase the flow of blood to that part of the brain, which is naturally calming.

Put your thumb above one eyebrow and your index finger above the other and press gently. Make sure you’re calm yourself when doing this because your baby is affected by your stress.

Hiccups

Hiccups can be relieved quickly and effectively by pressing on various pressure points. Place your finger on the area between the top of the lip and the base of the nose. Hold pressure on this spot for about 30 seconds before releasing. This point is very effective, especially in babies.

You can also take your baby’s hand and squeeze on the surface of the fingernail of the pinky finger. Another pressure point to relieve hiccups is found between the belly button and the pubic bone. Press gently in the center of this line for a few seconds. Experiment with different points and see which one is most effective for your baby.

Boost immunity

The first two years of life are a critical period when the immune system and nervous system is maturing. Paying attention to strengthening your baby’s constitution at this time can help to minimize future illnesses.  A strong and healthy digestive tract is of prime importance.

As many of baby’s problems are related to digestion, an abdominal massage is the basis of good digestive health, which assists in creating strong immunity. Massage with medium pressure around the belly button in a counter-clockwise and then a clockwise direction. Use oil or cream to minimize the friction.

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