Editor’s Note: This post is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a medical professional or physician before treatment of any kind.
It’s been a rough week at my house. My infant daughter has a head cold, and like every baby I’ve ever met, she cannot blow her nose. So when my friend shared a link to Diary of a Fit Mama’s Instagram in which the brilliant Sia Cooper demonstrates how she uses therapeutic massage to get her daughter’s snot flowing, I figured it was worth a shot.
In the video, we see Cooper gently, but firmly massaging her daughter’s face. Honestly, it looks so relaxing. “I wanted to share with you a little something that’s been helpful since my little girl has caught a cold while teething this past week,” she wrote. This immediately grabbed my attention, because SAME!
Cooper continues, “If you’re not a fan of medication, you can try acupressure and massage to the sinus cavities. Simply apply direct pressure with your fingertips and gently rub to get that drainage flowing. Also helps to temporarily relieve a little pressure so your little ones can feel better! Also works good for adults, too.”
As a mother who is totally guilty of relying on over-the-counter medicine as a default for nearly every sign of illness, I don’t usually think to use natural remedies. But this sounded like something I could do help my baby breathe better.
“Massage and acupressure are such powerful tools that most of us don’t think about, and they’ve been around for ages — longer than medication,” Cooper tells Babble. “Nothing is more soothing than a parent’s touch. And to me, touch is healing, especially for a child who needs it the most. Tylenol is great, but if you can use your hands to get the fluids moving out of the sinus cavities, that will get rid of most of the discomfort and solve the problem, versus just treating the pain for a few hours. After the Tylenol or medication wears off, you’re still left with the issue.”
As a busy mom, my first thought was that I was far too busy to take up lessons on how acupressure works, but Cooper eased my fears. “It only takes a few minutes! Isn’t anything worth trying to get your little one to feel better? It may or may not work for everyone, but it’s a free, natural way of pain relief for everyone — not just kiddos!” She’s totally right; this was worth trying for sure.
As for Cooper’s adorable little girl? Well, she is feeling much better now. “We had taken her to the ER days later after she spiked a fever, and she had an ear infection on top of the sinus congestion and sprouting four new teeth at once,” Cooper says, adding “I’ve been doing a Eustachian tube massage that I learned from my massage therapist to help drain that fluid from her ear.”
Sometimes a mother’s touch is exactly what a child needs … and that beats a bottle of pink syrup any day.