Do you want a solution to your baby’s constant screaming from painful gas from baby colic? Jini Patel Thompson might just be your next best friend with her DVD with the strange name, Baby Fart Aerobics.
Why baby farting relieves colic crying
The name is laughable, yes. But the techniques spelled out on the DVD are not. Jini Patel Thompson is an expert in the field of natural remedies for digestive disorders having written the books Listen to Your Gut and The IBD Remission Diet. She suffered from Crohn’s disease before finally healing herself through natural means.
Thompson, herself, is a survivor of baby colic. When she applied her knowledge of bowel diseases to help her baby’s colic, she had the beginnings of her DVD. Thompson claims that if you stick with the colic massage and the core aerobic routine, within a few weeks, your baby should be colic free.
Should you believe her?
She firmly believes baby colic derives from trapped gas and poop in your baby’s intestines. Baby Fart Aerobics teaches you how to perform certain infant massage techniques and exercises designed to loosen the pelvis and bowels. Thompson’s thinks when your baby does the “aerobic” program; the trapped gas and stool will break up and pass. No gas, no pain, no colic.
Thompson is not the only expert who touts colic massage and an aerobic-like routine to help relieve colic. Dr. Harvey Karp, The Happiest Baby on the Block, spells out an infant massage routine that ends with baby having her legs bicycled and tummy massaged to help baby release gas or poop.
Also, an industry has sprung up around baby yoga-type classes. One of the known benefits of baby yoga is better digestion and less colic. Baby yoga is similar to the core routine of Baby Fart Aerobics.
Baby Craves Human Touch
But there are also other benefits from performing the gas/poop relieving techniques in the DVD In addition to relieving baby colic symptoms, you are also giving your baby something she really craves; your touch.
Why does your baby crave your touch? Think about it? She was constantly cuddled inside your womb. Reminding her of the time she spent as a fetus helps to calm her. Some studies even show that it helps your baby grow!
Back in 1982, studies performed by Dr. Tiffany Field on preemies that were massaged verses preemies that were not yielded amazing results. For fifteen minutes a day, nurses massaged a group of preemies. They performed the massage routine three times a week for ten days. This preemie group gained 47% more weight than the “un-massaged” group. And even better, the massaged preemies were released almost a week earlier than the “un-massaged” preemies.
Infant massage has a similar effect on full-term babies. Massaging for only 15 minutes a day can help your baby
- cry less, and
- be more alert,
- gain weight faster,
- be less stressed.
So, if you have tried everything to ease your baby’s colic, but haven’t really thought of trying infant massage, what can trying a little Baby Fart Aerobics hurt?