Massaging your baby's skin all over the body can help stimulate the nervous system, including the vagus nerve, which controls many aspects of the digestive system. This gentle touch can help calm your little one who may be distressed and in pain. It can also help improve coordination and muscle tone, which can improve reflux. Research has shown that baby massage can help with gastroesophageal reflux (commonly known as acid reflux).
This condition causes milk and stomach acid in your little one's stomach to be pushed back and into the baby's throat, causing pain and vomiting. Before you try to massage your baby, it is best to discuss the matter with your pediatrician and explain your intentions. Massaging specific points on your baby's body will provide relief to the corresponding area of the body or the whole child. The goal of stomach massages is to get trapped air and other matter to move through the intestines and into the intestines.
This is a very popular and effective way to relieve your baby's tummy and parents in my classes find it invaluable for their babies. During the massage, you can carefully pump your child's legs, manipulate his fingers, and move his wrists and ankles. If you want, you can use an oil to massage your baby, but be sure to use an oil that is safe for your baby's skin.
Baby massagesare a great way to help your baby cope with problems that cause discomfort, but they also help in your baby's development.
To add value to proper feeding and burping techniques, body massages are particularly effective in combating persistent gas problems. Be sure to talk to your pediatrician about baby massage and baby yoga exercises as therapy to help with reflux. Some babies will be diagnosed with reflux (gastroesophageal reflux, RGO, when the baby vomits milk again and stomach acid after feeding), which can be treated with medicine.