Hello! My newborn baby—he’s two months old now—has cramps frequently in stomach… and therefore he’s crying all the time. I don’t know what to do, so I’ve started reading here on the internet and I found several websites saying that there exist also massages for babies —something like “infant massages”—, so I was wondering if you could give be further info on this matter. Cramps start especially when I nurse him, is this normal? In case all this was true, please how could I massage my baby carefully?
Thanks!!November 30, 2015 at 9:41 am
Hello C. Kimbrough,
It has been proved that massaging your newborn is highly beneficial for them. Among the many positive side effects, I’d like to highlight the following: increase in baby’s weight gain, improvement of baby neurological development, diminished amount of necessary hospitalization days, it can be a wonderful way to bond, massages produce an analgesic effect and eases the process of digestion.
Thus, by massaging your baby, it is true that you can prevent those cramps produced by breastfeeding you are mentioning. An example of infant massage is that type in which you put light pressure while massaging his stomach in circular movements, in a clockwise direction. Back or neck massages may be also beneficial for the baby, as well as placing a temperate-warm towel onto his abdominal area.
Hope this helps and your baby feels way better soon 🙂December 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm