Reflexology has been rising in popularity over the past couple of decades. This old Chinese philosophy of pressing certain points on your body and thus relieving pain is even more beneficial in babies as they are more sensitive to touch. Taken that rubbing a baby’s back when upset is a common habit we all do mechanically, it’s no wonder reflexology can do wonders for pain relief in babies.
Babies can cry for a number of reasons including:
- Inability to fall asleep
- A wet or dirty diaper
- Feeling hungry
- Too much noise or activity
- Colic, acid reflux or food allergies
- Pain or illness
Reflexology can do wonders in relieving pain in babies by simply pressing certain points on their feet. It other words, it can provide instant relief from a number of health issues.
Read on and find out how to apply pressure on your baby’s feet and relieve their pain instantly.
Upper and lower abdomen
If your baby is suffering from any type of stomach discomfort including digestive issues, like heartburn or bowel obstruction, massage the arch of his foot. The thing is the lower half of the arch is linked to the lower abdominal area, so massaging this area will relieve issues like bloating and constipation.
The part of the foot above the arch is linked to the chest area. By massaging this part, you can alleviate discomfort from colds, chronic coughs, and chest congestion resulting from phlegm buildup. Reflexology can treat all forms of congestion and this has been proved scientifically.
The foot center is related to the sinuses, so if you apply pressure here, you’ll alleviate sinus issues, including a runny nose, and respiratory problems.
The heel is associated with the pelvis, so massaging it will reduce muscle tightness and postural problems. It’s important to know that this practice should only be used as a temporary relief and doesn’t treat the actual health issue.
Massaging the tips of the toes can relieve teething issues and ear infections.
The solar plexus comprises the nerves between the stomach and lungs, which makes it difficult for pain to be determined in this area. However, massaging the upper area of the arch can ease the pain.