colic

Get Rid of Colic Naturally

Colic is one of the most stressful parts of child rearing. 25 percent of babies will suffer from colic during their first three months, making parents exhausted, haggard and hysterical. Seek medical advice if you are concerned, or your baby is showing symptoms of colic past the age of 3 months. Colic also does not have a fever so if your child has a fever seek medical care. Remember to hang in there and stay calm. In almost all cases it will resolve itself by 3 months.

 

How do I know my child has colic?

  • Crying in patterns; the same time every day for about the same length of time.
  • Crying in spurts from a few minutes up to hours
  • Inconsolable crying
  • Changes in posture such as clenching fists, curling legs and tightening the abdominal muscles
  • Flushed face
  • Belching
  • Spitting up
  • Passing gas
  • Difficult bowel movements

 

How do I prevent colic?

Doctors aren’t sure what causes colic, but there are some steps you can take to alleviate the stress colic causes you and your family. Remember, in most cases it subsides by 3 months; just wait it out.

  • Avoid the following foods as they can pass through breast milk and may cause problems: caffeine, peanuts, dairy products, shellfish, citrus, wheat, chocolate, eggs, corn, nuts, onion, tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
  • Take a break and trade off with your spouse or partner so you can escape the crying for a little while.
  • Talk to your partner about how upsetting it is. It will help you both detox from the situation.
  • Remember, colic happens. You are not a bad parent because your baby suffers from colic.
  • Get sleep when you can, exercise when you can, and eat a healthy diet.
  • Hang in there. In most cases it will be gone by 3 months.

 

How can I treat colic?

  • Feed your baby in smaller meals more frequently, but do try to fully empty your breast as the milk towards the back is more nutritious than that at the front.
  • Let them have a pacifier to help soothe.
  • Cuddle your baby; it’s a great way to soothe them and help them relax.
  • Rock the baby gently.
  • Singing and humming may not help alleviate colic, but will help calm your baby.
  • Give them a warm bath and gently wash warm water over their tummy. Add a few drops of lavender to help them relax.
  • If you bottle feed try a different type of nipple to avoid swallowing air.
  • Make a warm water bottle and hold that against the baby’s tummy but be careful that it’s not too hot.
  • Anise can help relieve bloating, indigestion and cramps.
  • Mint tea can be drunk by you or the baby and used to help soothe the stomach. It does pass through the breast milk.
  • Pat the baby gently on the back when you notice their stomach tightening even if they are sleeping.
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