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Baby Got Colic? Simple Remedies To Comfort And Calm Your Baby

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 by | 6 views
by Navine Acevedo


What is colic?

Colic is used to describe a baby who just cries for long periods of time, is fussy and irritable for no clear reason. No matter what you do the baby seems as if he or she cannot be consoled. If your child has colic, you know that it is a very distressing experience for both you and the baby. You may feel as if you are going to go nuts from the constant crying, you're exhausted from lack of sleep, and sometimes feel inadequate .

How do you know if it is colic?

A quick way to tell is to watch the baby’s body language and feel the baby’s tummy.

  • The baby will often arch the back, clench the fists, pull knees to chest and the tummy will feel hard when touched.
  • Baby cries for long time even when you are trying to console him or her
  • Seem to have crying episodes around the same time of day or especially after a meal
  • Interrupted sleep. Baby may fall asleep only to wake up a few minutes later crying
  • The baby feels better when held upright as oppose to being in a sitting position
  • Sleeps better if they sleep on stomach. Yes they should be put on their back but when a baby has colic they sometime will only sleep if they are placed on their stomach. Our daughter slept on my chest every night for a few months as that was the only way we could get some sleep.

What causes colic?

Babies are fed via the placenta while in the womb. Once born they now have to process their own food. Babies digestive system are very immature and they are prone indigestion, gas and bloating. Nursing moms need to watch the food they are eating as some babies may be sensitive to some gas-producing foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, red and green peppers, onions, and beans. Dairy products, eggs and wheat are common allergic foods which your baby may not have the ability to deal with. Formula fed babies are also prone to colic as they may be allergic to cow’s milk protein. Babies whose moms produce too much milk are also prone to gas as they swallow a lot of air while gulping down the milk to prevent themselves from choking.

Pediatricians may recommend mylicon, an over the counter liquid medicine, but I found that is was not very effective.

Simple Herbal Remedy for Colic

You can make a simple herbal gas ease tea, which I like to call it, from the following herbs: chamomile, fennel seeds, lemon balm, peppermint, caraway seeds and ginger - all of which you can find in your supermarket or in the tea section. I personally choose to use organically grown herbs which I buy You don’t need to use all the herbs; you can choose 2-3 herbs. My own personal blend consists of chamomile, fennel seeds, lemon balm and sometimes peppermint.

You can take 1 cup of the tea 2-3 times a day if you're nursing, add 1 teaspoon to the baby’s formula or milk 2-3 x for a bottled baby or give 1 teaspoon of diluted tea directly to the baby 2-3 times a day.

Chamomile is one of the oldest natural remedies use to soothe and relax a fussy baby. You can also use it in its homeopathic form chamomilla. The tea it also great for teething time.

Fennel, caraway, ginger and peppermint's main action is to expel gas from the stomach and intestine, prevent the stomach from cramping and relieve indigestion.

Lemon Balm helps to calm, soothe and promote better sleep and is also aids in digestion.

Our daughters has food allergies and since we travel most summers we tend to end up with some stomach problem. I came up with the brilliant idea of travelling with some loose leaf gas ease tea and I also made a tincture out of the herbs too.

Other steps you can use to help your baby:

  • homeopathic remedy
  • acupressure
  • apply a warm water bottle to the baby’s stomach
  • chiropractic treatment which we use with our second daughter
  • wearing your baby in an upright position. couldn’t live without our baby wrap
  • do the bicycle with the baby’s legs
  • infant massage
  • probiotics-lactobacillus bifidus and acidophilius

There are also 3 effective colic remedies on the market that you can buy. Most people are familiar with gripe water and there are also colic calm (my favorite) and colic ease.

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