There are many reasons why babies cry – stomach ache, common cold, constipation, the list goes on forever. You should always consult your doctor if conditions worsen, but their is also a way to help alleviate the baby’s discomfort. The secret is reflexology. Because the ligaments and muscles in little babies are completely formed, they are even more susceptible to a gentle massage.
In China, this ancient wisdom has long been known and is widely used in society:
Breathing difficulties in babies is often the result of an infection or cold. When left untreated, it can cause chronic breathing difficulties as well as problems with sleeping and eating. To alleviate some of the discomfort, try the following: gently rub the balls of the baby’s feet – just under the toes.
The middle of the toes relate to the sinuses. If your child sniffs continually and has a runny nose, then rub the little one’s toes. This should reduce the symtoms until you visit the doctor.
Head and Teeth
Interestingly, the tips of the toes relate to the head and teeth. Ideally, you can use this technique when your baby is teething.
The Solar plexus
The solar plexus is a real meeting point for nerves and is found in the chest where the ribs meet. The solar plexus however, can sometimes cause abdominal cramps and difficulty breathing. For this, gently massage directly below the ball of the foot.
To alleviate digestive problems there’s almost nothing better than a good foot massage. After a trip to the doctor, rub the middle of your foot for a little relief.
Foot massages can also help against flatulence and constipation. To stimulate the bowel, try massaging the lower region of the foot. This is particularly good when you’ve got a little “smelly one”, or if you often suffer from flatulence.
If you notice that your child has a pelvic problem or a stomachache, apply gentle pressure to the heels. Remain cautious but firm.