Ask The Expert... on Babies and Wind!
As a specialist newborn baby photographer one of the things I see many new parents struggle with is windy babies, especially when it is trapped wind and feeding descends into continual clusters lasting sometimes hours. This cycle of frequent feeding followed by extended periods of inconsolable crying leaves parents exhausted and babies very unsettled. For some babies (the NHS states as many as 1 in 5)symptoms of colic may develop, a condition which can last a number of months. Information on colic can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colic/
Sometimes parents are worried about harming their babies when they wind them, sometimes parents don't realise that their baby still has wind, even though they may have already burped!
Signs that you baby may have wind;
Drawing legs up
Pain coming in waves
One of the things that the NHS recommends to soothe babies suffering with wind and colic is the use of massage techniques (https://www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/breastfeeding-challenges/colic/)
To get the best results and learn the correct techniques I would always recommend seeing a baby massage teacher, who has been correctly trained. Luckily for you I happen to know a fantastic baby massage expert, Estelle from Mama Baby Bliss, who is here to share some easy tips on massages you can do at home to help ease the pain of wind and colic in your little ones.
I was the Mum with the crying colic baby and I personally know how beneficial I found going to a full baby massage class was. I would highly recommend joining Estelle for one of her courses and learning the techniques to safely massage your baby.
To find out more about the range of courses Estelle offers in the north Nottingham area click the link below;
Classes are also offered in South Nottingham by the equally lovely Sharon and her class information can be found via this link;
Estelle's Top Easy Massage Tips!
The most important things to remember are;
1. Always leave 30 minutes after a small feed and an hour after a full feed before trying to massage your baby.
2. Always massage clockwise to go in the direction of the baby's digestive system, as this helps to expel the trapped gases within your baby. Working naturally with the flow of your baby's digestive system.
To warm up the tummy area use a soothing belly rub, which is one hand after the other, running from the rib cage down over the tummy in a continuous motion.
Then using your baby's belly button as a centre, with a flat hand in a clockwise motion move your hand round in a circle applying light pressure, releasing the pressure at the lowest point where the bladder is. Use a continuous rhythm, to help this you can sing the nursery rhyme 'round and round the garden', as the singing keeps the rhythm steady and babies love to hear their parent's voice, which is the most comforting sound for them.
Estelle assures me that your baby won't care if you can sing in tune or not!
The clip below demonstrates these techniques, which are safe for newborn and older babies.
To ensure that trapped wind doesn't become an issue you can perform these tummy massage techniques a few times through the course of the day (or night)! These techniques are also ideal for using at your newborn photography session, if you baby begins to suffer with wind and tummy pain.
Of course there are so many more benefits to attending a baby massage course than just learning the massage techniques, which will be explored in our next blog post. See you then!
Newborn photography sessions can be booked from the 20 week scan point and early booking is recommended to ensure you have a session booked when your baby arrives.
It's easy to book - just message me via the website at https://www.fairynuffphotography.co.uk/contact