A good technique to help the intestinal motility (peristalsis) is a gentle, circular massage on your child’s tummy. Whether the child is constipated or not that day, a massage will be beneficial to the intestinal health and will also help your child relax.
How to do the tummy massage with your hands:
- use only the tips of your fingers of your both hands
- use a clock-wise motion
- start on your child’s right side of tummy, just above the right hip bone
- go up and then follow the ribs to the child’s left side of the tummy
- go down to the child’s left side of the tummy, just above the left hip bone
- repeat 7-10 times
The motion has to be circular (clockwise), gentle, and relaxing.
Do a tummy massage in the morning when your child wakes up and in the evening just before they go to sleep. Make sure you also follow these three main constipation relievers.
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