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Baby's health

07th Aug 2022

Osteopath shares mesmerising trick that calms colicky baby in an instant

Trine Jensen-Burke

calm colicky baby

None of my babies had colic, so I have no first-hand experience with just how traumatising this can be – to both babies and their parents.

However, one of my closest friend’s babies all struggled with it, and so I saw them scream, cry and wriggle in pain – and my desperate, exhausted friend and her husband pace the floors with them, day in and day out – for weeks.

They tried pretty much every hack and trick going, from warm baths and belly rubs to drops that were meant to provide relied, yet nothing seemed to do the trick – and I’m not exaggerating when I say it nearly broke them.

However, now a TikTok user named @enchantednanny seems to have an answer. Filming from inside a clinic room, she shows how an osteopath practitioner, Lucy, helps the high-profile nanny and mom of four’s infant son create movement and space in his abdomen to promote better digestion and relieve gas.

The now-viral video has clearly resonated with so many parents across the globe —it’s been liked more than 2.2 million times.

Turns out, it’s all about the figure-eight motion.

@enchantednanny #goodtoknow #newbornbaby #newborntips #colickybaby #newmum #momtobe ♬ original sound – The Enchanted Nanny

“You’re creating movement”

What we see, is that Lucy gently moves the baby’s belly and hips from side to side—and just look at that little content face!

As she works, the osteopath practitioner explains the mechanisms at play.

“Holding with a nice, wide grip, you’re always going clockwise as you’re moving with them. And you just let them move with you,” she shares.

“You’re creating movement. And if tummies don’t have movement, then the milk gets the chance to move too slowly through there. And then it can cement and produce wind in their tummies, and that is painful. So anything you can do to help move the milk round is going to help.”

Adding in, @enchantednanny chimes in:

“I’ve been doing these movements between feeds. He now sleeps, has regular nappies and seems so much happier.”

Many have tried the bicycle leg trick with babies that struggle with gas or colic, but Lucy explains it won’t work every time.

“Now a lot of people will talk about bicycle legs and bringing the legs up, and actually, if they’re in discomfort, that can be helpful, but in between times, you want to get as much space in the tummy as possible because space gives everything a chance to move around.”

The osteopath practitioner goes on to explain that before babies are able to start crawling and walking, caregivers need to help them create space for digestion in their bodies by assisting them with movement until they’re able to move around more themselves. And maybe even well after.