Infant massage gives you an opportunity to bond with your baby. It can also sometimes help relax and calm your baby when he's fussy, as well as aid in releasing built-up gas that may be causing him discomfort. Many parents favor this non-invasive and relaxing technique of gas relief over the use of medications.
Place your child on a towel in a quiet, warm and comfortable space.
Undress your child down to her diaper. Leave her diaper on, because babies often have a bowel movement during this type of massage. Lay her on her back, facing toward you.
Cover your hands in a thin layer of massage or olive oil, if you have chosen to use either during the massage. While not necessary, the use of oils will make your motions more fluid. Choose an organic oil, in case your little gets any in her mouth, advises Oh Baby Magazine.
Place one hand on your child's abdomen and move your hand slowly in a clockwise, circular motion around her stomach.
Hold onto to his knees and bring them together into his belly. Move his knees clockwise, like you're drawing a circle with them. Apply gentle pressure to his belly during the upper part of the circle, then release that pressure as you come around to the bottom of the circle.
Hold onto both his legs with your hands and move them slowly to mimic riding a bicycle. Press one leg at a time up into his lower abdomen and hold for five seconds. Release and repeat with the other leg.
Continue massaging as long as your baby will tolerate it, or until she passes the gas or has a bowel movement.
If you find that the massage is not effective, relieve the gas by gently bending your child's legs at the knee and raising and lowering them toward her chest repeatedly. You can alternate legs in a bicycle motion or raise both at the same time.
Contact your child's pediatrician if she has chronic or painful gas. While some gas in infants is normal, painful gas can be caused by an underlying problem, such as a food allergy.