How baby massage helps colic - blog post by Tash

Colic is one of those hideous conditions that everyone has heard of, but never quite knows how horrible it really is until you have your own colicky baby who cries for hours inconsolable for hours at a time.

It can be a huge source of anxiety and feelings of helplessness for many parents.

That’s why you need to find a way to deal with it properly and here you have the solution you can use to achieve that in a safe (unmedicated) and proven way.

What causes colic?

It’s hard to know, but we do know that 1 out of 5 babies is dealing with colic. It’s hard to know what leads to it, some research suggests it comes from painful digestive issues, other research shows that it can be down to being totally overwhelmed, over-stimulated and overtired from the day. Regardless, it’s horrible to watch your baby crying inconsolably for hours while you feel helpless as a parent….so it’s crucial to eliminate it as fast as possible. Make sure you keep a diary of the crying, contact your Health Visitor and/or GP to eliminate any other causes of the crying

Why is baby massage a great solution for colic and other tummy troubles like reflux, constipation and trapped wind?

Although there is no magic cure for your little one’s tummy troubles, the main benefit of baby massage is that it can help reduce the colicky bouts, sickness and constipation so naturally and easily. It is so well documented that baby massage is so effective and also very safe when it comes to babies, even if we aren’t a hundred per cent sure on what causes these tummy troubles.

Baby massage has been proven to reduce the amount of crying and in many cases, it delivers better results when compared to things like rocking your baby, over the counter medications or spending a fortune on different bottles. You can massage your baby yourself or go to a baby massage class where an instructor will teach you how to massage your baby.

Regular baby massage is proven to encourage regular and painfree bowel habits, reduces painful wind and sickness in bubba with reflux. 

When not to massage your baby

Baby massage should be avoided right after a feed. Leave a 30 minute gap to try to prevent sickness. Avoid massaging the legs until 48 hours after immunisations.

Is it safe to massage my baby at home?

Absolutely, by adding 10 minutes of baby massage to your routine 2-3 times a day, you will see the huge benefits of baby massage quite quickly.

It does take a bit of trial and error to figure out the right approach, right timings, environment etc but it does convey some great results and the value itself is always second to none. With that being said, if you feel you would and your baby would benefit more or feel safer learning in a friendly face to face class or in a live online class, our specific baby massage and baby yoga tummy troubles session has been designed by a Health Visitor Tash and is running in South Wales- Carmarthen, Llanelli, Ammanford, Llandeilo, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot and online.

To book one of our face to face or online Rubba-Bubba baby massage classes click the button below.