There can be so many reasons that your baby has a tummy ache. These can range from a simple change of food to reactions to medicines. Finding baby tummy ache relief remedies that are all-natural is not always easy.
Firstly, of course, if you feel that there is something wrong, you must speak to a medical professional. A Doctor, Health Visitor or Obstetrician. The Advice here and in the books is to help you as a parent, they are not to replace medical advice.
The tips that are discussed here are for help on those issues where the underlying cause is either known or is a temporary condition that your baby is going through. I know from being a parent, and from 15 years of teaching in classes, that tummy ache can be terribly painful for your baby.
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Baby Massage For The Tummy
Massage is well researched for being able to bring relief to many causes of tummy pain, both in babies and adults. By working around the tummy area in slow steady movements you can often help the internal organs to shift any food that may still be working through the system.
Massage can also help with soothing. Working not only the colon but calming the parasympathetic nervous system, which will help to calm your baby too.
It really is a winning duo! You can massage the area but also help your baby feel calmer, which often aids the body and can bring you some much-needed respite from crying.
There are so many benefits of baby massage, you can read my top benefits. Bringing relief to tummy pain is just one.
Baby Yoga For The Tummy
Movements that work with the body to help relieve gas or constipation that are suitable for nearly all babies. The key with any movement that you are doing ‘to’ your baby, is to ensure that you always work with them, you never force a movement.
You can grab the FREE E-BOOK which has some simple ways of getting started with both the baby yoga and the baby massage.
One of the techniques that work really well is to use the legs to bring into the body. A fun way of doing this is via signing ‘the grand old Duke of York’. You can see how in the video below! Babies love songs, and adding in actions really is amazing for brain development too!
I hope that these little tips can help. For the full range of techniques then please do check out the MASTERCLASS, it is £9.99 and has all the videos and instructions you need to start working on helping with those tummy issues.
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If you want to know more about baby massage, you can always purchase the full course – this has all you need to confidently massage your baby at home. Along with BONUS VIDEOS – covering Tricks for Baby Tummy Time and More Baby Yoga. The Course is only £57 and has full video instruction and access to the VIP group for support too!
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Guest blog by Rae Pica, early education consultant, author, speaker, course creator and blogger
Boredom is something today’s children have rarely experienced – because they’ve never had the chance to get bored. Today’s children have had their lives filled with “schooling” and endless activities, all due to the mistaken notion that if they don’t excel in early childhood, they will never reach their potential. That their “resumés” will look inadequate in comparison to those of their peers. So this idea of having bored children can be a new concept for them, and for parents.
Now, suddenly, all of us have more time on our hands than we know what to do with, including the kids. And parents are scrambling. In addition to fretting about missed schooling (which, as my colleague Tom Hobson points out, is the last thing parents need to worry about), parents are trying to keep their children entertained. To keep them busy. To keep them from getting bored. What are we meant to do with our bored children?
But boredom is yet another thing that shouldn’t concern parents – during this time or any other, for that matter – because boredom can be a powerful incentive.
Along with quiet time (for which I made my argument here), boredom will stimulate a child’s creativity. Imagination and creativity – ideas – arise from having time to think, to ponder and reflect, or just let the mind go. A child with time on his hands will make up games, create dramas to act out, build a fort, or discover the joy of reading. A child without such time develops only the ability to do what he’s told, when he’s told to do it. And that child isn’t likely to become an adult with initiative.
Boredom, rather than a parade of organized activities, is also more likely to help a child find her strengths and weaknesses, her passions and talents. When she has unstructured time, she has a chance to “dabble” – to experiment with a variety of activities at her own pace and in her own way. This is how she discovers her likes and dislikes. And when she has the opportunity to spend time on those activities she likes – to delve deeper into the possibilities – her interests and skills blossom.
Of course, dabbling can make parents nervous – because it can seem as though nothing “sticks.” But it’s natural for a child to lose interest in something after a while and then move onto something else. We’ve all had the experience of being passionate about something during certain periods in our lives – knitting, gourmet cooking, or gardening, for example – only to find these interests eventually wane. All it means is that the interest no longer serves our lives. It definitely wasn’t pointless, though; all of our experiences enrich us in some way. And children are meant to be fickle! Their entire early lives are about finding and losing interest, trying and discarding.
Unstructured Time For Bored Children
I realize it’s difficult for a parent to see – and sometimes cope with – a child who’s bored. But it’s important to stay the course. Having unstructured time allows a child to just be, and to engage in authentic play (self-chosen, self-directed, and without extrinsic goals). And once he’s become familiar and comfortable with the experience, rather than boredom, he’ll display an amazing level of concentration as he plays. Because play employs divergent thinking, his creativity and problem-solving skills will grow. If he has the time to carry out his plans and bring them to a conclusion, he’ll experience the satisfaction that comes from thinking things through and working them out. But this can’t happen unless a child has the time and the space with which to make it happen. To indulge his curiosity and spontaneity.
A child who’s bored has to be resourceful. She has to solve this immediate and urgent problem, and if given enough time and encouragement (a friend’s mother used to tell her “only stupid people get bored,” but that may be a little harsh!), she will figure out what to do with herself. Eventually, she’ll come to glory in these periods, finding all kinds of ways to use them.
Colleagues Lenore Skenazy and Peter Gray have written that the coronavirus is providing the course correction our children so desperately needed. We certainly would not have wanted it to happen this way. But if children learn how to cope with boredom during this pandemic, that’s one thing we can be grateful for.
What’s a Parent to Do?
Initially, a child who hasn’t had enough practice in self-sufficiency is going to need a parent’s help generating ideas for things to do. Here are some ways to cope with that.
Before boredom sets in, sit down with your child to brainstorm a list of activities he enjoys. Write them on slips of paper and put them in a jar, so the next time he’s bored he’ll have plenty of ideas to choose from. And having helped create the list, he’ll take pride in it and feel empowered.
Offer her choices, but keep it to a minimum of two or three so she doesn’t feel overwhelmed by the decision making.
Point out that he has a new book waiting to be read.
Offer to get her set up for finger painting or another artistic endeavor. Then step away.
Ask if he would like to help you with something you need to get done – making cookies or pulling weeds, for instance.
If no choice appeals to him, hold firm. Assure him that you have every confidence he can find something to do. He may initially be stumped, but because he’ll want to validate your belief in him, he’ll find something
More On Kids Activities
There are so many kids activities that can hold your child’s attention. I love that Rae addresses the issue of ownership here, if we are always providing the stimulation, then how can they learn what they like, what keeps them entertained? There are some great ideas above, and also in Rae’s books (see below). I have also put together some ideas for indoor kids activities over in the Mindful Parenting site, including making toilet bombs (which kids of all ages love to do), so that we have no excuse for keeping our kids bored. We can encourage them to find ways to entertain themselves, keeping their body’s and brains busy. Or just embracing some quiet time, allowing them to take time when they need it. Our children do not need to always be on the go, or on a gadget. So hopefully some of these ideas will get you thinking of what you can do with your bored children during these strange days and beyond.
I have been a fan of Rae’s work for years. In fact several of her books became the foundation for my toddler yoga classes. Her combination of research based evidence along with an empathic use of teaching to encourage learning and self-development make her books so accessible. I have several of them on my shelves and you can find more on Amazon. I have listed below some of my favourites along with a couple of her more recent publications which I know will be added to my library soon!
200 Ways to get your toddler or pre-schooler moving and learning
Ideas from Rae Pica on improving our children’s educational lives
Activities to help with active learning
Time For Mums
As you step away from constantly organising and creating all activities for your kids, you can also free up some all important time for yourself. As parents we often neglect to put ourselves into the priority mix. Maybe you can grab a cup of tea and read how to create some time for you, this one especially for the mums, but useful for the dads too!
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This blog is featured on Rae Pica’s website, she has kindly allowed me to share it here to spread the word that having our kids constantly entertained is not always a good thing!
As adults, we are aware that our brain is divided into two halves – each having very distinctive roles. What, though does that mean for our babies and children? How do the left and right hemispheres of the brain talk to each other and can we improve baby brain communication?
How does this look for your baby’s brain?
Well let’s break it down to basics to start:
Responsible for the control of the RIGHT side of the body
Responsible for the control of the LEFT side of the body
So both sides control very different functions – most of which will not be needed in these early months. Although what is also developing is the bridge that connects both hemispheres (Corpus Callosum). Communication between the two is essential – more about that in our next blog!
Our baby’s’ brain is busy forming new networks that once formed can then be used for pretty much anything, from language to fine motor skills. The process of forming these networks is biologically driven, but experiences also allow connections to form. Our babies continue to build these connections between both hemispheres for many years, but 0-3 years are the crucial ones. More synaptic connections are formed during the first 3 years than during the rest of our lives! However, our brains can continue to build new connections throughout our lives, it really is possible to teach an old dog new tricks!
Baby Brain & Movement
Simply put – it is just as important what we do with our babies, to create these experiences as it is to allow the body to form them on its own.
Although in a Buddha Buddies Baby Yoga class we do talk in about the brain – what is covered is how it develops and what this means to YOUR baby. Milestones and reflexes are just part of this developmental process, and there are many things we do in classes to bring our awareness to these key points of development. There is more information and some great techniques to try at home in the next blog about Midline Crossing, which is one of the best ways to increase connectivity between the left and right side of the brain. This is also true for older kids and adults.
So, if you would like to know what is happening, then check out the other blogs and you can even view some great action songs that use techniques to boost that brain connectivity on the Youtube Channel, including this fab Grand Old Duke Of York Action Song. The Facebook Page has lots of tips that you can use to include into your day and you can also learn more about how to make Baby Massage part of your routine, which is another great brain-boosting activity.
A mother of twin girls, Rachel is a Complimentary Health Specialist. Running a Wellbeing Centre and founder of Buddha Buddies, baby & children’s Yoga, Massage and Mindfulness Classes. She runs between juggling the usual family and household dilemmas and her businesses.
As parents, we are constantly amazed by how fast our baby grows and the new skills they seem to develop almost daily. As an Instructor, I have relished learning more and more about just how babies develop and how to incorporate these new skills into a part of our lives. In every Buddha Buddies Baby Yoga class I teach we include activities that practice ‘midline-crossing’. For me, they are an essential element of baby and toddler development, easy to do and repetitive (for embedding) and fun.
Why is it so important to add midline-crossing activities into part of your baby’s day?
Well, we all know that the left and right hemispheres of the brain control different things. (You can also look at our previous blog on how the brain is structured.) However, what is also key here is how the two sides are able to communicate. There is a bridge between the two sides called the corpus callosum. This allows both sides to essentially talk to each other. As each side carries out different tasks they need to be able to work together in order to coordinate learning and movement.
For babies, this communication is the foundation for later work on the development of such things as the dominance of hand and bilateral movement (both sides working together – i.e pushing and pulling).
So how can we add in activities early on in our baby’s development?
That is where our Baby Yoga comes in, specific moves are practised to enable the crossing of one limb over the middle of the body. Of course, we always make it fun and we never force any movement!
So to keep you going here are a few activities for you to try at home – or you can always pop along to a class or watch one of the various Videos including Action Songs that work on crossing the midline FREE on the Youtube channel.
Half lotus – with your baby on the floor in front of you start by taking hold of the right lower leg, now take this leg and move it across the body to the right thigh. Repeat each side several times. In class we also sing ‘pat-a-cake’ while we do this, adding other elements of singing and language into the mix!
Give me a hug – in the same position as before, this time take the arms out to the side and then cross over in the middle of the body, give them a little hug with their arms as you go. Repeat, this time ensuring that the arms move position, whichever one was on top is now underneath.
Hand to knee – with your babysat on your lap take the right hand and move towards the left knee. Repeat each side several times.
As you can see, they are all easy moves to incorporate as part of any routine. You do not need any special equipment and if you can, always make good eye contact, so you work on your non-verbal communication and bonding at the same time.
If you would like to know more about the activities or baby development, then do pop along to a class. You can also check out the YouTube channel, which has some great videos to watch on all things baby.
I have put together a little list of some great baby (under 1-year toys) that can help with mid-line crossing activities at home.
Stacker – a great one to build hand to eye coordination too.
Have a look at some of these developmental toys, you will notice that not only are perfect for adding in some midline-crossing but they also address other skills such as; problem-solving, hand to eye coordination and fine and gross motor skills.
Rachel is a mother of twin girls. She is a graduate with a combined honours degree in ‘English & Psychology. She is also a Complimentary Health Specialist, running a Wellbeing Centre and also is founder of Buddha Buddies – baby classes based around child psychology.
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As a Baby Yoga Instructor, I love the simplicity of baby action songs. A simple nursery song combined with some movements never ceases to bring a smile to a baby’s face.
However, did you know there is a lot more going on in that baby brain while they are smiling and moving?[
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Your Baby’s Brain
You know that your baby has the most awesome brain, every parent is always astounded at just how quickly their baby develops and gains new skills. Let’s face it, even at birth the amount of brainpower that your baby shows is pretty mind-blowing! (did you know that your baby knows your smell as soon as they are born – amazing and true!)
During the first year, the physical size of your baby’s brain doubles! That just goes to prove that they really do get smarter every day. Also, the area of the brain that shows the most development in the first year is the cerebellum, which is responsible for movement. You can read more about this in the great article by LiveScience.
So, how can we harness this rapid growth and boost your baby’s brainpower?
Doing – Yes, really! The main method of really working that grey matter and the method that works best for your baby is the act of doing, watching and engaging in something.
By working on song and movement you are utilising both the left and right sides of your baby’s brain. This really is a double winner for boosting that early development. Different areas of the brain are being activated at the same time! I cover various songs in baby yoga classes but I have also started to put them together in a FREE VIDEO SERIES over on youtube. You just need to grab your baby and you are all good to go! I have put one below so you can see me in action.
Singing, love it or hate it? Luckily enough, your baby is tuned to love the sound of their caregiver’s voice, so even if you think you are sounding horribly out of tune, do not worry your baby will still love it! It is another way to get other family members involved. There really is nothing cuter than a sibling signing to his or her little baby brother or sister! If you have Grandparents who are not nearby, you can always set up that Zoom call and get them singing too.
Movement with Song
Adding in movement during the song really is the next step in working that brain. Your baby will always love listening to songs you sing, but when you start adding in some movement with them, it really takes make the whole thing far more exciting and interactive, which all helps with that brainpower. There are various songs that are available, and you one of the joys is always making up your own too. I have listed some of my favourites below, but feel free to add in any that you know. The lovely thing is that lots of traditional ‘nursery’ songs work so well for this, and many of them are regional. It is a great way of adding in some real diversity and also family history to the next generation.
Your baby learns by watching and doing, so what other baby activities can you add into your day?
Baby Massage – this still remains one of the best ways to add-in soo many benefits to your baby. From bonding to singing, there really is a whole lot of techniques there to build that baby brain. You can start baby massage today with the online baby massage course. It has all you need to learn baby massage at home, all delivered in video modules that allow you to learn at your own pace. It also has full support via the private Facebook Group too.
Books – reading with your baby, especially if you are choosing interactive books is another brain-boosting baby activity that you can easily add in every day. I have put in a couple of my favourites below.
Keep It Going – From Birth To Age 3
These are all suitable for the first year, but remember that your baby’s brain will continue to grow and the first 3 years at the biggest times of brain growth during our whole lifetime. There is more to read on how your baby’s brain is structured and activities for working both sides of the brain too. So keep going with those activities! You can check out more baby and toddler activities here and also how to add in some mindfulness activities for the toddler and beyond years
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Whether your baby is small or you have an older child that is suffering – CHICKEN POX makes every parent start that panic of ‘What do I do now?”
Well, time to take a breath and know that no matter how severely they react there are some simple things you can do that will really make them FEEL BETTER! So grab a cuppa, take a moment and have a read of a couple of top tips that you can help with any child, even from newborn.
Do not Worry
Firstly, do not rush to the shops as granny told you that Calamine Lotion is, the ‘thing’. This simply dries out the skin and makes those nasty little spots dry and extra itchy. You can use Aqueous Calamine, this is the same calamine but put into a different base (feels similar to Sudocrem). This stops the skin drying out, though it is difficult to put on and get off so only use it on those really big spots!
Secondly, get those old stained muslins ready! Why – you are going to make your very own home remedy! Our Oat Soak Recipe
Oat Soak Recipe
This is so simple, costs peanuts and is good for all babies, children and adults! It’s super easy to make and will ease those horrid symptoms of itchy, hot skin.
You will need:
1 x muslin (or jam muslin if you have it)
Oats (nothing fancy, just the local supermarket ones are fine)
Chamomile Tea Bags (again just shop brand will do)
Ribbon, string or something to tie
Now, in a big bowl pour a good portion of the oats, add a large handful of the lavender, then cut up about 4 tea bags and empty the contents into the bowl. Give it a good mix with your hands or a wooden spoon. Now cut your muslin so they are in squares, big enough to put a large handful of your mixture into. Tie up securely with either string or some ribbon. (Any gaps and the mixture will spill out).
Now you need to pop this into a lukewarm bath. This is a super little bag of delights! Not only will it turn all milky but the oats make the skin silky smooth and ease the itching.
The lavender and chamomile are both anti-septic and anti-inflammatory so work to calm the skin’s heat and itchiness. They are all edible so you do not have to worry if your baby starts drinking the water. There are no sulphates to irritate the eyes and increase the itching.
Staying at Home
So a couple of really easy ‘top tips’ to help you cope with this awful virus when it hits your family. Remember, some are affected worse than others so if you are worried then please do consult your doctor. This advice is not in any way a replacement of proper medical care, just some tips that have helped as a mum! You will be stuck at home for at least 10 days but try and make the most of the time with your little one.
Hoping that your little one recovers quickly and that you survive the quarantine!!
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Welcome, I am Rachel Hawkes, owner of Buddha Buddies and mum to twins. I have been teaching baby and kids classes for 18 years and love seeing the connections made and the confidence that builds within classes.
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