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A night filled with your baby’s cries means a night where you don’t get enough sleep. If your baby cries non-stop, there could be many reasons for it. If you are certain that they are already well-fed and their diaper does not need to be changed, you may be faced with something that is harder to combat.
The said culprit, of course, is none other than the colic itself. While there is no one proven cause for colic, there have been claims saying it is caused by abdominal discomforts like gas and indigestion. We could certainly understand this as bloatedness and gas can disrupt our sleep too.
Colic is an extremely common occurrence among babies. The most common and telling symptom? Non-stop, intense crying. If you suspect that it is indeed colic, your regular peekaboo may not work at all this time.
What can you do instead? For a start, do not overfeed them and make sure they burp after each feeding time. While there is no one solution that will work for all babies, you can try to massage their aches away. Massage works great in improving their blood flow, stimulating their senses, and keeping them warm and comfy.
Since colic is mainly associated with stomach pain, you can start by massaging their belly. Afterwards, you can move on to other body parts in case your baby’s colic is indeed caused by other reasons like cramps, undeveloped nervous system, or overstimulation.
What are some basics you should know when massaging? There are several techniques you can use; rubbing, stroking, gentle pressing, and more. You can adopt any style that your baby responds to positively, or all of them. One thing you need to keep in mind is that the pressure you are placing on their body should be as light as a feather. Do not push too hard as it may cause even more discomforts to your baby. Above all, remember to always massage in a clockwise direction!
Here’s what you should try:
If you’d like a proper step-by-step massage to soothe your baby, here it is!
Massaging your baby is not only a great way to relieve their discomforts, but also will effectively help you two to bond better. How will this massage relieve your colicky baby? Apart from effectively calming your baby down, it can aid their digestion which, in turn, relieve colic, gas, and constipation. Learn more about baby massage Singapore from our masseuse who can teach you in-person the right ways and tips to massage your little one!