Infacol is Britain's No.1 treatment for infant colic. Together with their dedicated midwife Nikki Khan they have developed anti-colic massage techniques.
Anti-colic massage Techniques by Infacol Midwife Nikki Khan
Before you start:
1. Make sure area is safe, free from draughts and at room temperature (18°C, 65°F)
2. Do not massage baby straight after a feed. Maintain eye contact and touch for safety and reassurance.
3. Use a small amount of unscented oil, such as grape seed oil or sunflower oil, warming it between hands before using it on babies skin.
4. Stop massaging if baby starts to cry or seems unwell. Read the following tips thoroughly, to carry out an enjoyable and loving massage for the baby.
Using the tips of two fingers or thumbs massage both sides of the face simultaneously using a small amount of oil. Use finger to stroke from baby’s forehead toward the hairline.
Back, Chest and Arms
Place hands with palms facing down on the chest. Open hands until thumbs touch (‘open book’). Stroke outward around the ribs and under the arms. Next place hand diagonally on baby’s chest and stroke up, over the shoulder. Repeat on the other shoulder. (Repeat five times)
Start at the top of the arm, sliding your hand gently down the arm to the wrist. As one hand reaches the baby’s wrist, start the motion again with the other hand. (Repeat five times)
Stroke the back of the hand, starting at wrist and down each finger in turn. Then repeat on the palm of the hand and at each fingertip roll it gently between your fingers. (Repeat five times)
With baby on their front, use the ‘open book’ technique to stroke down below the arms onto the ribs. Repeat stroking up over shoulders. (Repeat five times)
With cupped hands, use a downward motion on the tummy starting from under the ribs to the lower abdomen. (Repeat three times)
Cycling a technique to stimulate the release of trapped gas. With baby lying on back, bring each knee up to the opposite side of the abdomen in turn. (Repeat three times)
Tiger in the Tree
Support baby’s weight by laying them along your arm facing downwards with head by your elbow. Hold the top of baby’s leg firmly with one hand. Using your free hand gently massage the abdomen in a clockwise direction. (Repeat three times)
Legs and Feet
For legs see Arms section)
Using your forefinger, push gently across the heel and then at base of ties. Stroke sole of the foot from heel up to toes.
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