Colic is a very unpleasant experience for both the baby and its parents. It is extremely painful and the baby’s physical and vocal reaction to the pain can tire them and keep parents awake even more than usual. It can be difficult as a new parent to cope with this and parents may feel at a loss of how to help their little one. There is little known about what actually causes colic except that it can cause great discomfort and ultimately lots of tears. Around 20 per cent of babies get colic, usually in their early months. There are some remedies that can ease the complaint but recently massaging has been found to be the most effective cure.
Parents often instinctively rub their baby’s tummies when they are in pain with colic. Massage can stimulate blood flow and alleviate wind. With baby massage specifically for colic the skin contact can be very soothing to a baby. A stomach massage where the parent rubs the stomach in a circular motion under the ribcage encourages the baby to digest its food better. A great and unique baby gift for parents is a course teaching baby massage techniques or one of the many excellent books that are available on the subject. Its not just colic that can be alleviated and the benefits to a baby’s well being and development are well documented.