Effect of Foot Reflexotherapy in Babies with Fuss-Cry-Irritability, Abdominal Bloating, Distension and Sleep Disorder Syndrome
Introduction: Fuss-cry-irritable infant syndrome (infantile colic) is a distressing condition or an unsettled infant behavior resulting to excessive crying or fuss, which is considered by parents as problematic in the first few months of life. Infantile colic is associated with parenting stress, postnatal anxiety, depression, reduced mother well-being and early weaning from breast milk, as well as subsequent child behavioral problems. However, less attention has been given to this distressing and prevalent condition. Recent pharmacological investigations on infantile colic have shown contradicting results and drug side effects. Evidences indicate that complementary or integrative approach may be beneficial in infantile colic. The purpose of this study was to present the effects of foot reflexotherapy in babies with abdominal gas pain and distension.
Material and Methods: The subjects of the present study were seven babies diagnosed with infantile colic, abdominal bloating, distension and sleep disorder syndrome. Pre and post-tests were completed by the researcher using a Likert scale. The babies were treated with foot reflexotherapy twice each day for two weeks.
Results: There was statistically significant decrease in all colic scores: Paroxysms of fusing, agitation or crying, back arching, lifting of legs, abdominal swelling, abdominal tenderness, and sleep deprivation after foot reflexotherapy. Conclusion: Foot reflexotherapy was beneficial and remarkably effective in babies with abdominal pain due to gas and distension.