Here at Bibble & Bubble, we know how the use of yoga and relaxation and massage techniques can really help a baby suffering with colic and reflux. As a mum myself, I am very well aware of how difficult it can be when dealing with a baby with colic and reflux as my eldest daughter suffered badly when she was tiny and my days were often filled with a sad mummy and baby. In our latest blog we have provided a helpful demonstration of a few movements and holds that you can use at home to help settle and soothe your baby.
Babies with both colic and reflux like to have gentle pressure applied to their tummy and this is why you often feel you can never put your baby down. One hold that often works well in our classes with a mix of ages is the basic tummy hold.
This hold puts your baby facing forward and upright. Hold your arm across your babies chest with your arm supporting their underarm with your other arm supporting their bum, with your palm on your baby’s tummy with fingers spread.
Babies need regular gentle movements so in this position leaning your baby slightly forward encourage a sensation of walking up and down stairs so a little slow lift ad dip sensation.
A lovely hold is also tiger in the tree as see the picture below, providing another lovely tummy pressure hold which is extremely relaxing for them.
The rocking chair walk works extremely well in settling babies and is a great technique to use to get them off to sleep. Simply take slow steps mimicking the rocking chair movement with your feet from heel to toe and dipping slightly as you finish each rocking step.
Another great technique is to lie your baby across your legs and then swing your legs to encourage a regular gentle up and down movement. You can also pay a gentle regular rhythm on their back like a keyboard.
This hip sequence, bringing the knees to the chest is also very beneficial but should be used as a preventative technique rather than doing it when baby is upset. Gently hold your babies calves and bring the bent knees towards the tummy one at a time like a pedal motion which gently massages the lower abdomen. This move, aids digestion and helps relieve trapped wind.
As a parent, relaxation techniques for ourselves and deep breaths can also encourage a baby to relax. Its amazing how much of your state of mind is picked up on by your baby. This combination of techniques in our classes provides parents and babies with techniques in dealing with these common problems.