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Colic Release Technique


mother holding baby in arms


10 Exercises to release trapped gas and relax your baby


  • do each of the exercise below, twice a day,

  • choose a time between feeds when they are relaxed

  • if they bring up a little milk, don't panic. We'd rather get the winds out!

  • if they don't seem to like a position, move on to the next one

  • do them daily for a week and you should see a marked improvement

1. Wiggle Waggle

A gentle stretch and warm up:




2. Tummy Rolling

Deep burping over your hand.




3. Trampoline

This technique uses body weight to shift milk and gas around.




4. Wiggly Fingers

Deep, under the diaphragm burping technique.



5. Windscreen wipers

Swish the abdominal area from side to side.



6. Ileo caecal valve stimulation

Gently massage area over this valve between small and large intestine.



7. Relax the diaphragm

Mobilise gas that may be trapped under the diaphragm.




8. Belly wobble

Mobilise gas that may be trapped in the lower digestive tract.



9. Align the Spine

Gentle massage and stretch to relax and align your baby.



10. The Bicycle

Stretch the hip flexors and perhaps get some gas out.



Remember:
  • do each exercise for about a minute

  • if they don't seem to like a position, move on to the next one

  • do them twice daily for 7 days and you should see a marked improvement

  • YOUR BABY WILL LOVE YOU FOR THIS :)



Bonus - The Chiropractor

Many babies that are born by C-section are a bit stiff or what we call 'stuck in flexion'. In other words, they are still slightly curled up in the foetal position (knees to chest) and don't straighten their legs very easily. Traumatic births and position in the womb can also result in muscular or spinal imbalance..




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