Reflexology is an alternative medicine technique which helps in alleviating pain and discomfort in different body parts. This method works on the principle that there are particular reflex points in the feet, hands and ears which correspond to all organs, glands and body parts. The stimulation of these reflex points is deeply relaxing and therapeutic, and provides great relief from pain due to various ailments.

All mums and dads will find this technique quite beneficial in soothing the crankiness of their toddlers and babies. Small children are still getting used to the big, new, unknown world of which they recently became a part. That is why they may sometimes be cranky and experience different kinds of discomfort.

Carrying out a foot reflexology will greatly benefit your child or baby and provide them with instant relief from various discomforts.

The tiny foot of your baby has several different reflex zones. The application of gentle pressure to each of these zones will help soothe and comfort your baby, hence provide relief from various discomforts.

Remember, before you start performing foot reflexology on your baby’s feet, you first need to relax your baby and boost blood flow using a warm bath or foot massage.

You can perform a general reflexology therapy on your baby by starting with gentle forward movements of the thumb over the entire tiny foot. Start rubbing the tiny foot from the base of its heel and continue towards the point where the toes join the foot. Do this on both of your baby’s feet, ensuring that you have covered all reflex zones.

“Babies’ feet have undeveloped arches, and their skin and bones are usually fairly soft making reflexology an effective and fast modality for babies. By applying gentle pressure to congested areas in the feet, blockages can be released to restore the flow of energy to the whole body.” (source)

To perform a more concentrated reflexology, stimulate one or all of these 6 foot zones in order to soothe particular ailments experienced by your child or baby.

  1. Tummy Area Pain (Upper & Lower Abdomen)

Massaging the foot areas marked as upper and lower abdomen will help your child get relief from constipation or gas. Apply pressure and gently rub the lower abdominal area to alleviate gas, while rubbing the upper abdominal area will help with issues due to bowel movements.

  1. Tummy Pain (Solar Plexus)

If your child is having troubles with tummy spasms, upset tummy, snugness or difficulty breathing, a gentle massage of this point will provide great comfort. This specific point is linked to the solar plexus, which is located behind the stomach. For this reason, rubbing in small, slow circles will provide great relief from upset tummy.

  1. Headache & Toothache

According to foot reflexology, the tips of the toes are linked to the head and the teeth. This is so for both adults and babies. Therefore, it your baby is teething or experiencing a headache, simply rub this point of the foot to provide relief.

  1. Chest Pain/ Respiratory Issues

In case of respiratory issues or chest congestion, you should rub the balls of the feet, the part just underneath the base of the toes. This foot zone corresponds with the lungs. Such issues may bring great discomfort to your child by making it difficult for them to eat normally or fall asleep.

  1. Pelvis Pain

Hip issues are quite common in babies as most of them grow and develop rapidly. In order to mitigate this type of pain, you should rub your infant’s heels. In addition, this is a good point to rub on for constipation and tummy issues.

  1. Sinus Pain

No matter your age, a blocked nose is no fun. However, unlike adults, infants can’t take decongestants to get relief. Therefore, sinus issues and nasal congestion can cause great anguish to your infant. To help your child feel better and relieve sinus congestion, apply gentle pressure to the pads of the toes. Massage these points using circular motions.

Attention: Foot reflexology should serve as a great way to relieve minor, ordinary ailments. Provided that your child is having more serious health issues, you have to consult a professional pediatrician or a specialist.

Sources:

Time for Natural Care

David Wolfe

Nourish Baby

Natural Transition

Reflexology-USA

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