If you’ve ever struggled to soothe a fussy baby, you know just how stressful it can be. But foot reflexology for babies can help soothe them quickly and easily.

Foot reflexology is the act of very gently massaging certain areas of a baby’s feet to calm them when they’re experiencing discomfort. Each area of the foot corresponds to a different part of the baby’s body, so massaging that area can help target the root of the problem.

While it’s always important to consult your pediatrician if your child is sick or in pain, foot reflexology can be a simple way to soothe and bond with your baby.

1. Tips of the Toes

The tips of your baby’s toes correspond to the head and teeth areas of the body. So if your baby is teething and experiencing discomfort, gently rubbing the tips of her toes can help soothe her.

2. Center of the Toes

The center of the toes correspond with the sinuses, so rubbing this part of the foot can help comfort your baby when he has the sniffles or a stuffy nose.

3. Ball of the Foot

If your baby is suffering from congestion, rubbing the balls of her feet can help since they correspond to the lungs. While it’s still important to check with a doctor to make sure congestion is nothing serious, the gentle massage can help soothe your baby.

4. Just Below the Ball of the Foot

This tiny area just below the ball of your baby’s foot is linked to the solar plexus, which is a network of nerves in the abdomen. Massaging this area of the foot can help if your baby is ever suffering from an upset stomach.

5. Center of the Sole

This area of the foot corresponds to the upper abdomen, and a gently massage here can help if your baby is experiencing bowel obstruction.

6. Lower Region of the Sole

Massaging just below the center of your baby’s sole can help with constipation and gas, as this area is linked to the lower abdomen. 

7. Heel

The heel corresponds to the pelvis, so if your baby seems to be having tummy troubles, a little bit of pressure in this area of the foot can help.