The most common signs of teething are: drooling, teething rash (this is usually caused by the drooling and will leave a redness or rash around the mouth, chin or neck areas), coughing or gaging (again caused by drooling), biting (chewing and biting often helps with the discomfort in the gums), crying, irritability, refusal to eat, night waking, pulling at their ears or rubbing their cheeks. Sometimes babies will have diarrhea, fever or cold/flu like symptoms all babies are different and teething symptoms can change at any time.
By using reflexology on the feet we can help relieve teething pain as we are focusing on the area related to the teeth, which are the toes. So by applying gentle pressure to the toes we can help soothe and comfort our baby. Baby massage done on the gum line and around the jaw can also help to soothe baby.
The best oil is organic sunflower seed oil, grape-seed oil or coconut oil.
You may need to seek GP advise or consent to do baby massage for many different reasons.
However the main four reasons you would need to get GP consent are:
(1) if your baby has a congenital heart condition,
(2) if your baby has had a recent operation or is due to have an operation,
(3) if your baby has a dysfunctioning nervous system
(4) if your baby has some form of special needs.
You should never give your baby a massage if they have any of the following symptoms/conditions:
Has a rash, Acute infections, Fever, Generally Unwell, Sickness , Diarrhea, Undiagnosed lumps and bumps, Immunisations given in the last 24 hours, Recently bruised or broken skin, Contagious Disease, Serious Skin Complaints, Inflammation, Recent Hemorrhage, Jaundice, Meningitis, Childhood Leukemia, Brittle Bones
Yes there are areas you should NOT massage and they are:
Front of neck & throat, eye area, back of neck and directly on the spine, under the arm, front of elbow and back of the knee, directly on navel, groin area and the skull.
The massage will typically last for 10-20 minutes however some babies may enjoy a 30-40 minute massage. The most important thing is to keep an eye on your baby and understand their cues as to when they are enjoying it or have had enough.
If your baby only enjoys a massage for 2 minutes that is fine and far better than a 10 minutes massage which they do not enjoy. You can build up the massage as your baby gets used to it.
The best time for baby to have a massage is when they are alert, quiet, happy and well-rested. Introduce massage slowly to allow your baby to become familiar with it.
Two minutes of massage is more beneficial than ten minutes with an unhappy baby. Choose a time that suits both of you (parent/carer and baby).
Most parents/carers enjoy giving a massage to their baby after their bath and as part of the bedtime routine. Other people enjoy doing the massage in the afternoon as part of a playtime routine everyone is different and every baby is different.
There are a few times when you must not give your baby a massage and these times will be talked through during the baby massage class.
Many parents/carers massage their babies daily but you need to judge when the best time is for your baby to have and for you to give a massage and try to incorporate it into a routine a few times a week to fully get the benefits.
The best thing to do is find a professionally trained, experienced and fully insured baby massage teacher who can teach you the strokes and techniques for baby massage.
You should never ‘just give it a go’ as you may use a stroke or massage an area which will hurt or upset your baby.
There are no set health guidelines regarding the minimum age for when to start baby massage.
I recommend attending a baby massage course or workshop from around 6-8 weeks old as this has allowed baby’s skin barrier to develop and has given their nervous system a little longer to also develop. Unfortunately I cannot have crawling babies at the classes and would therefore be unable to take babies after 6 months old if they are crawling. If you do have a crawler and want to learn baby massage then I would recommend booking a 1:1 course in your home or waiting a little longer and attending the toddler course which I hope to have up and running by the end of 2018.
There are benefits for premature babies and babies under 8 weeks old but it is advisable that you contact a qualified baby massage teacher who will guide you through the appropriate strokes & routines for your baby and point you in the right direction of any help or support. New-borns are so small and their nervous systems are not fully developed so I would recommend either attending a massage class for new-borns or have a 1:1 lesson even if it’s just demonstrating the strokes for one or two areas of your baby’s body. Getting proper support and guidance in the early days is so important as you don’t want to hurt, cause any damage or cause your baby to feel stressed which will in turn all have a negative effect on what you are trying to do and achieve.
You also need to remember that your baby’s skin barrier is not fully developed straight after birth and you could make their skin vulnerable to becoming very dry or reacting to the oil you are applying. Some experts recommend waiting 10 days to two weeks before using oils. By waiting for this period of time you are also giving the umbilical cord stump time to dry and fall off naturally (this can take 5-15 days to happen). Any oil left on the baby’s umbilical stump could increase their risk of infection to that area so it is advisable NOT to use oils until the stump has fallen off completely.
If you really want to give baby a massage in the early days then gentle strokes over their clothes is fine but stay away from the umbilical cord stump during the massage. You must wait until the stump has naturally fallen off before starting a full body massage. It is however always advisable to seek advice from a qualified teacher before carrying out any massage routines.
The course is designed for babies who are between 8 weeks (I can take babies as young as 6 weeks but it is advisable to have your 6 week mother & baby check before starting the class) and 6 months (not crawling).
If you have any further questions about this please speak to the teacher.
The parents or carers of the baby/babies coming to the class. It is not advisable for other family members to bring the baby/babies as baby massage is an intimate technique which helps with bonding between parents/carers and baby/babies.
If a Nanny, Child Minder, Grand Parent (unless they are the sole/main carer) or another carer wants to come along to the baby massage class with the baby they are looking after then I would need to speak to the parent/carer of the baby who would be attending and get written permission that they are happy for this to happen.
In January 2018 Katherine Graves the founder of KG Hypnobirthing taught the Midwives at the Lindo Wing Hospital in London the KG Hypnobirthing course.
In May 2018 it was confirmed that Kate used Hypnobirthing preparation for the birth of her & Prince William’s third Child. It has also been rumoured that this is not the first time Kate has used Hypnobirthing.
So as we know in April 2018 Prince William and Princess Kate welcomed their third child Prince Louis and hours after giving birth Kate emerged holding Prince Louis looking relaxed and happy (Ok so she probably had a team to help with hair & make but never the less so looked very relaxed and happy!) this just goes to show how fantastic Hypnobrithing can be!
Yes – the majority of women who undertake a Hypnobirthing course after having their first or subsequent children often do so as they have had a negative experience at some point during their pregnancy, labour or birth.
Hypnobirthing will teach you the strategies you need to be able to relax and release the fear which maybe surrounding your previous birth or births. It will teach you to let go of any negative experiences which maybe worrying you about the forth coming birth or stopping you from enjoying your current pregnancy.
The course will give you the tools and strategies to go onto hopefully have the beautiful, calm and gentle birth your desire.
Yes – in fact using the Hypnobirthng strategies will not only allow you to feel relaxed and in control of what is happening, it will also give you the confidence to ask your caregivers the correct questions which will help to shape your beautiful birth.
I can also talk you through how to have a beautiful birth and help you write your birthing plan – we will also look at the ‘Gentle C-section’ (Click on Gentle C-section to watch a gentle c-section birth) and talk through how this can be made possible.
You will also receive a copy of the Hypnobirthing MP3 which has been written specifically for C-sections.
Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis. It is completely different to the hypnosis shows you may have seen on TV or on stage. You won’t be put into a trance or made to do anything you don’t want to, as you are in complete control.
When using the Hypnobirthing strategies you are working with the subconscious mind allowing positive thoughts and strategies to be received whilst you are deeply relaxed. However you are NOT in a state where you are unable to become fully conscious at any moment. You are in control and can come out of the relaxed state should you need to.
Unfortunately Hypnobirthing does not guarantee a pain free birth. However by using the strategies taught on the course and doing the daily practices you are not only teaching yourself to relax and feel in control but you are learning how to breathe during each stage of labour and preparing your body and mind for labour and birth.
A mother who is relaxed during labour will produce more endorphins and will have a higher level of oxytocin in her system. These hormones act as relaxants and will help the blood flow to the womb and this in turn gives oxygen to those all-important labouring muscles. Some Hypnobirthing mothers may still experience tightenings, heavy period like pressure or a low level of discomfort but by using the Hypnobirthing visualisations, breathing and relaxation techniques you can work with your body to help ease these feelings.
During my own labour I was totally relaxed and had no pain or pain relief, however when I reached 10cm & fully dilated I did feel a pressure in my lower back which at first was uncomfortable but by working through my favourite relaxation scripts and visualisations I was able to ease that discomfort naturally it was a totally amazing experience.
It is advisable for the birth partner to attend the classes, as they will get a lot of information from it. They will also be able to take part in the relaxation scripts, which I will read and they will get to experience that lovely level of relaxation that the mother will feel every time she listens to one of the scripts. The birth partner will also be given the opportunity to read a script to the mother and then ask any questions they may have following it. It is a great time for birth partner and mother to spend together and you will both come away feeling empowered and knowledgeable.
I do however understand that on some occasions it is impossible for the birth partner to attend a course maybe due to illness or work and that is fine. It is OK for the mother to come on her own as she will still get the same benefits of relaxation and learn all about the strategies and tools she needs for her desired birth.
When I first decided I wanted to do a Hypnobirthing course my husband wasn’t too sure and asked why I would want to do a mumbo jumbo hippy course! Once I explained what the course was about he agreed to come along. I know now that he is glad he did, as he felt fully empowered to support me both during the pregnancy and during labour/birth. He had the confidence to speak up when the caregivers weren’t listening to me and he felt a part of the birthing process he wasn’t just a third party looking on.
No – this was actually a question I asked on the KG Hypnobirthing teacher training course as it was something I had thought about during my pregnancy.
Your baby will only come when he/she is ready and when your body is ready to give birth. So you can relax and enjoy the relaxation strategies.
Yes – Hypnobirthing is great at teaching you to relax during pregnancy and prepare your body and mind for the labour and birth. It will help to address and release any fears, anxieties or worries you may have about your labour and birth especially as this is a totally new and unknown experience.
I did Hypnobirthing during my first pregnancy as I was very anxious about pregnancy, labour and birth. Being totally honest it was the best thing I could have done. My pregnancy was so lovely and relaxed and I enjoyed every minute of it. If at any point I felt stressed or worried I would simply do a relaxation script which I had learnt.
It is recommended to join a class in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy. This is so you can enjoy the benefits of relaxation during your pregnancy and be fully prepared for labour and birth. However I am happy to teach anyone at any stage of pregnancy.
I know of a couple of women who have completed a Hypnobirthing course in their 38th week of pregnancy and gone on to have wonderful, natural, gentle and relaxed births. Although it is not advised to wait until this late in pregnancy it is still a possibility to undertake the course.