Teething is something that all of our babies will go through at some point, and that one point in every parent’s life where we worry how they (and we!) will cope.
All babies cope with teething in different ways, but there are some common characteristics, pain responses and behaviours that all babies will display to some degree.
Did you know that baby massage can aid and support the many different responses to teething?
There are many strokes and movements that we will learn throughout the course that can be used as a pain reliever for your baby when they are struggling with teething pain, as well as the overall massage process relaxing them which in turn can act as a natural pain reliever.
However, during the course we focus on the face and mouth in particular and these strokes are designed specifically to support babies through teething episodes.
Massaging around your baby’s jaw line, using small circular movements with your fingertips applying gentle pressure will not only support and soothe the muscles used for sucking but are also proven to relieve some of the discomfort of teething.
Similarly, the sucking muscles around the mouth get tired, and by massaging this area not only supports and aids teething, but also provides a different and valuable experience for babies as it can promote smiles too!
Massaging the face of our babies can also promote eye contact and communication as well as supporting teething and grinding pain.
Let’s not forget that cuddling and relaxing with your baby also helps keep cortisol, the stress hormone down which will support and calm your baby when they are feeling the horrible effects of teething!