Colic in babies can be quite unsettling for new mums, here’s how Baby Massage can help….

Infant Massage has been around for centuries as a well known art passed down from generation to generation.  Historians have found evidence of baby massage dating back over 3000 years across the World.  Since the mid to late 1990’s baby massage has become very popular in the UK, with more emphasis placed on physical bonding and attachment between the parent and baby.

It is easy to find well documented benefits to baby massage, such as how it can help to improve relaxation, encourages longer sleep duration, stimulates all of a baby’s major systems, helps strengthen the bond between parent and child and relaxes both mother and baby.  Baby massage can also help to relieve many symptoms, gas and colic being one.

Infant colic (also known as baby colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or screams frequently and for extended periods without any discernible reason.  The condition typically appears within the fist two weeks of life and almost invariably disappears, often very suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old.  It is more common in bottle-fed babies, but also occurs in breast-fed infants.  The crying frequently occurs during a specific period of time, often in the early evening.

The main problem with this condition is the stress and anxiety is creates at home, especially if it’s a first child.  Mum may find being unable to comfort her new baby stressful, as well as finding it difficult to cope with the constant crying, so it’s important for her to have support and to take a break if things get on top of her.

At Lilypad Baby we offer massage classes that go through a step by step guide to massage strokes that can help to alleviate symptoms of colic.  Techniques are explained and demonstrated with simple handouts that can be used at home.  Our classes are baby-led and non-judgmental.  We endeavour to provide a warm, relaxed, peaceful environment, where parents feel confident to ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have.  So if you feel your little one may benefit from a daily massage, then do get in touch and we can discuss the current availability of classes with you.  Or why not give the gift of a Lilypad Baby voucher to an expectant mum?  All our vouchers can be used on any of the Lilypad Baby classes on offer and have no expiry date too.  Contact us by emailing info@lilypadbaby.co.uk or call 01484 868122

Resource: Hands On Babies