How to Massage Your Baby to Help With Gas or Colic

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When your baby cries frequently and extensively, you may feel helpless and anxious. Symptoms of colic include crying for more than three hours each day without other symptoms that indicate health or feeding issues, according to the Mayo Clinic. Use infant massage to help alleviate gas pain or colicky behavior. The massage time may help you spend special time bonding with your baby as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Lotion or massage oil
  • Sit with your baby, positioning her so her head is near your bent knees and her feet extend down toward your midsection. Grasp a foot in each hand gently and move her legs in bicycle motion, alternating each leg, advises the Ask Dr. Sears website.

  • Place your baby on a firm surface, such as his changing table or a bed. Add a bit of lotion or massage oil to your hands. Rub your little one’s abdomen gently, moving your hands down from his neck to his diaper.

  • Sit your baby on your lap and place one hand on your baby’s abdomen with your palm covering her bellybutton and your fingers covering her abdomen, advises the Ask Dr. Sears website. Lean your little one forward so her abdomen presses gently into your hand to apply gentle pressure to her tummy. Move your fingers gently to massage her tummy in a circular, clockwise motion.

  • Position your baby facedown on your lap and massage his back gently with your hands, suggests parenting expert Elizabeth Pantley.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your physician about excessive crying to ensure that your baby isn’t suffering a medical issue that’s causing this behavior. Food sensitivities could cause gas symptoms, which might require dietary changes for both breastfeeding and formula-feeding babies. If your physician discerns a food sensitivity, you may be able to alleviate symptoms by changing your diet or your baby’s formula. If your physician determines that your baby suffers standard gas or colic, baby massage may help alleviate some symptoms.
  • Colic and gas symptoms should resolve by the time your baby reaches 3 months of age, according to the WebMD website.

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