Children being fussy is a normal thing but it's important to know easy methods to reduce their stress.
Infants and little children while usually joyful and unstressed, can get fussy as a result of being unable to adjust to their surroundings. According to Kellymom.com, an online parenting site, normal fussiness usually happens around the same time of day and with almost the same intensity.
Since babies can't communicate why they feel uncomfortable, we are usually left confused and frustrated as to how to deal with it. Despite that, we still try to find the cause to ease their discomfort. Some of the causes that could lead to your baby's discomfort could be overtiredness, overstimulation, loneliness, pain and sometimes even when they are going through growth spurts.
One method that is not as known to new parents is that of massaging the pressure points on your child's feet. Depending on the ones you target, you can reduce that stress and discomfort they are feeling. It is a technique called foot reflexology and here are 6 pains that can be reduced through its use.
If you notice that your child is having pain near their nose and near their eyes and cheekbones, chances are they are suffering from sinus pain. To alleviate it and prevent it from happening again, all you need to do is rub the inside of their toes.
2. Stomach pain (near the solar plexus)
The solar plexus houses the nerves and lungs and its function is to keep our organs functioning smoothly. Since a infant will be unable to handle the pain as well as adults or older children, it is important to rub the pressure points on your child's foot and rub the curve side of the foot arch. This will help reduce pressure on their solar plexus and lessen chances of gastric problems, spasms, and other health issues.
3. Stomach area pain (upper and lower)
If you find your child showing signs of heartburn or constipation, rub the area between the center and the stack of their feet. The stack of a foot is the fleshy region between the center of a foot and the beginning of the balls of the foot. If they are showing signs of gas and bloating, massage the region between the center of their feet and their heel.
If you find that your child is unable to breathe or complains of tightness in their chest, then very gently massage the stack of their feet. It will release the tension in their chest.
Growth spurts are characterized by symptoms of the sudden development of certain organs in your child's body. This can cause discomfort in their pelvic region and can be alleviated by massaging the baby's heels.
6. Headache and tooth ache
Due to the development of the teeth, a process called teething happens. It's when a baby's teeth break through the gums. It can cause irritability, tender or swollen gums, and will probably lead to your baby putting their fingers or other objects in their mouth in an attempt to reduce the pain. A way that you can help is by just rubbing the tips of your child's toes.
This technique of reflexology, otherwise known as zone therapy, has been used for thousands of years and has provided relief from chronic physical conditions that people have been suffering from. According to Herbal Papaya, "It is founded on the notion that applying pressure on certain parts of the body can cure ailments or disease, and restore optimal health."
Foot reflexology involves applying pressure on 15 pressure points or acupoints on your feet that have a direct connection to every part of your body. The working of it is based on the facilitation of energy flow known as Qi or Chi in Chinese. The energy is meant to flow between these 15 pressure points and the various body parts they're linked to.
According to an NCBI study on reflexology, "these sensors [the points on your feet and hands] will be stimulated by applying the reflexology technique in order to improve the blood and energy circulation, give sense of relaxation, and maintain the homoeostasis."
Reflexologists use charts to guide them when they are applying pressure to specific regions of the body. It is sometimes combined with other therapies and are among the services that chiropractors, physical therapist and others offer.
This technique can help in reducing not just physical pain but also help relieve and psychological symptoms like stress and anxiety. Additionally, it has the ability to enhance relaxation and improve the quality of sleep.
Stephen Barrett, M.D. published an article called Reflexology: A Close Look says that "Many proponents claim that foot reflexology can cleanse the body of toxins, increase circulation, assist in weight loss, and improve the health of organs throughout the body. Others have reported success in treating earaches, anemia, bedwetting, [...] intestinal paralysis, cataracts, and hydrocephalus."
So when your child is fussy, this is a simple way to calm them down and this technique can also benefit you when you are suffering from pain.Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.