Acupressure therapy is an absolutely safe way of treating and healing a child from basic ailments. It has been observed that babies can be more easily treated through this alternative treatment form since they are high on energy and the level of toxins in their body is much less to that of adults. However, it is imperative to use the right technique and press upon the correct reflex points to get a therapeutic effect. If not done the correct way, it will not give the said results. For babies under three months of age, the pressure should be very light and gentle, just a few seconds on each pressure point should be enough to heal a baby. The session should not last for more than 10-20 minutes per day.
Constipation: acupressure for constipation in babies is highly recommended if you do not want to give any medication. To treat it, all you need to do is place your fingers around the navel and tap the stomach area gently with your fingers. Next, tap on both the sides of the navel ten times gently. After this, allow your finger to go around the navel area in circles. Lastly, in gentle strokes, massage the stomach area in clockwise motion.
Congestion: place both your forefingers on either side of your baby’s nose, just next to the nostrils. Then massage the point gently for 10-20 seconds. Keeping a gap of 2-3 hours, you can massage the point 6 times a day.
Teething: acupressure for teething babies is a great way to overcome and treat the pain in the gums. You can also press on the outer gate pressure point or the SJ5 below. It is a point on the outer side of both the forearms and just three fingers above the wrist crease. Another point is LU9 below. Massage both the points gently for about 10-20 seconds. Repeat it after every 2 hours.
Trouble sleeping: babies who have don’t fall asleep at night need acupressure. To make your baby sleep, the pressure point you need to press is between his eyebrows. Gently stroke your forefingers on this point for 10-20 seconds. Your baby will fall asleep in no time.
Colic and reflux: the acupressure point for treating colic in babies is called the Residence of the Will. The point lies at the back in the muscle just a little away from the spine and halfway in between the hipbone and the rib cage. Just press onto the point for about 10-20 seconds, your baby will feel a lot better, see point below.
Fever: press on the reflex point just below the thumbnail. Without pinching, press the point for 10 to 20 seconds. Repeat after every 2-3 hours until the temperature comes down.
ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia: acupressure can be highly effective on children suffering from dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD) or Attention deficit disorder (ADHD). The reflex point for the disorders is DU26 below. It is a point in the upper gum and should be pressed at the tip of the nose above the upper lip. This point has to be pressed for 10-20 seconds every day.