I use infant massage when my kids were babies and still do now when they are having tummy troubles. There's a massage technique called the waterwheel, it's where you take your hands and go hand over hand from just below the ribs to down past the belly button with a slight inward push to help push gas down. You have your hands so that your thumbs face you and you interchange them, first one hand and then the other, I did that for like maybe 5 minutes at a time. The other massage technique that helps is taking your hand and to the left and below to the left of the belly button you put your fingertips there and using an inward push, not too far in, you move your hand in a clockwise circle until you get to the right of the belly button and below, like hand painting an imaginary rainbow. The bicycle pumping of legs and interchanging knee to elbow across the belly helps push out gas as well. Warm baths and tummy time help too.
at 12:07 PM on Sep. 26, 2010