LOOK at baby Bonnie... Bonnie suffers from Reflux and it causes her so much pain that she can't do or enjoy any tummy time 😥 However Mum brought her to one of our Infant Massage classes to see if that could help.... AND LOOK.. after one round of the stomach massage routine specifically for Reflux.. Bonnie is super happy to be laying on her tummy 🙌🙌🙌 Are you and bub having troubles also? PM me for more details on our upcoming July classes!! 💜💜
So... One of the most common reasons that parents come to our baby massage classes is help with their baby’s digestive complaints (Wind, Colic, Constipation and Reflux). Massaging the stomach with certain, careful strokes helps to move the milk (or food for older babies) and any wind around the intricate intestines, easing the pain, improving constipation and any cramps.
Another ailment common to many babies is reflux which occurs when the muscle that controls food entering the stomach is not yet fully matured and so the contents of the stomach – food (milk) and stomach acid – passes back up into the food pipe (oesophagus). Stomach acid burning the oesophagus causes the baby pain, and they are frequently sick. It’s also possible to have ‘silent reflux’ where the baby isn’t vomiting regularly, but they will be uncomfortable and cranky.
Gentle massage strokes help to calm your little one who may be distressed and in pain. Massaging the whole body will help to improve muscle co-ordination and tone throughout which can improve reflux. Whilst we cannot massage the specific muscle responsible for the reflux, massaging your baby’s skin across the whole body stimulates the nervous system, including the Vagus nerve. This nerve controls many aspects of the digestive system.