EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is like acupuncture without the needles. It works by stimulating the flow of energy through the body. There is little medical proof of the effectiveness of EFT but the results seem to be quite astounding. Many people have claimed complete cures from medical conditions which traditional treatments had not been able to relieve.

Whether you believe in EFT or not, the treatment is non-invasive and has no known side effects. Therefore, it is a very safe treatment for babies. Obviously if the baby is ill or distressed, a medical opinion should be sought. This treatment is only advised as a way to comfort a healthy child, not as an alternative to proper medical care.

There has been some success in treating colic or wind pains. There are also stories of success in getting newborn babies into a regular sleep pattern in a short period. Distressed newborns have responded to medical staff using EFT as well as traditional methods.

Babies may fear separation or lack of milk. There may be a fear of pain or illness, which is distressing the baby. If these fears are addressed while tapping, they seem to ease the baby. When tapping a newborn, use a very gentle touch. It is also a good idea to tap with the mother as often the bond between baby and mother is still so strong any upsets or discomforts for the mother may be transferred to the baby.

Some babies do not like to be tapped, but respond well to gentle circular rubbing. If the baby does not want to be touched in any place, just skip that point and move to the next. EFT has been quite effective in relieving the discomfort of teething in babies. It is less invasive than pain medication, and the baby seems to sleep better, without having to wake up in pain when the medication wears off during the night.

Gary Craig has an excellent website with many updates from professionals who use EFT. There are stories of good results in the treatment of babies using EFT.

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