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Ten Toes to Tickle! Reflexology for Babies

tentoestickle.jpgWho knew piggies could help with colds, teething and constipation? Chances are you?ve snuggled a tiny foot in the palm of your hand, next time use the ancient therapy of reflexology to help your baby find comfort.

Before you begin:
Nails should be well trimmed so as not to scratch delicate skin. Watch your baby for signs of discomfort, if they resist then try again later. There is no need to press hard against the sole of their foot, slight pressure will be sufficient.

Begin at the heel and gently press the pad of your thumb to the bottom of her foot, inching your way up to each toe in a line and giving the corresponding toe a gentle rotation and squeeze. This is called ?thumb walking? and is the first basic step in reflexology, helping your baby to relax before you begin the treatment.

Try these techniques to help with:

Teething:
So cute when they finally pop out, those tiny buds can bother even the calmest baby. To relieve discomfort, gently rub the top of the base of each of toe up to the knuckle for up to five minutes.

Stuffy head:
Red noses belong on reindeer, not on babies. To help your little one clear up congestion, rub each toe in turn. Applying gentle pressure, run your fingers up the top of their foot, following the muscles to mid-foot for as long as your baby will allow or to fifteen minutes, two to three times a week.

Constipation:
A baby?s digestive process is a funny thing. One minute they?re exploding all over the furniture and your mother-in-law and the next they?re corked up tight. To help a sore tummy, rub a line bisecting the foot between the ball and heel, right to left. Press against the soft dip under the ball of the foot of the baby?s left foot, rotating your thumb gently.

To finish your treatment, run your hands over their foot and give a soft squeeze. Oh heck, go ahead and nibble a toe too-who could resist?


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8 years 3 months ago
Defining Reflexology Medical Reflexology is a complementary, biological, integrative health science, through which an exercise pressure is applied to reflex areas, formed by 7,200 nerve endings in each hand and foot, encouraging improved instruction to each and every single gland, organ and part of the body, Thus Persuading the body to biologically correct, strengthen, and reinforce itself, to reach balance, normalization, and homeostasis. The statement below is from the outstanding term paper of Student, with permission to publish, thank-you for sharing & inspiring other’s, Julia: Julia Pomeroy, RN. Clincal experience in rehabilitation nursing and skilled nursing. Administrative experience in long… Read more »
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8 years 3 months ago

Who better than you Stace to to write about babies.

How sweet and cool!

We have a new grand-daughter…my stepson and wife have a 5 day old baby girl…9.13 pounds…healthy girl! Cloe Ann…pretty red hair.

I’ll pass along the info.

Bea Kunz

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8 years 3 months ago

What a brilliant idea! We’re often playing with feet in my house, even with my youngest now being three. It can be such a warm bonding experience to snuggle down with a set of fresh, washed toes. I’ll remember to use some of these fantastic reflexology ideas next time, instead of just tickling tootsies.

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8 years 3 months ago

Wow, thanks for this Stacy!

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