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How to treat a colicky baby with home remedies?

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Home remedies for colic is nothing new. Happily there are some tried and tested methods to help soothe your baby, even if you can’t completely stop his or her crying.

One good reason to try and use home remedies for colic is to keep your SANITY!

It’s one thing trying to help your baby, but it is another if you in the end need help. (Let us hope you don’t come to that stage.)

So what can we do for colicky babies? Easy, we use our own intuition. Baby home remedies is what we use, before we rush off to see doctor.

The home remedies for colic that you will read about, are safe and proven to be effective.

So, let’s get started. Remember, these home remedies for colic tips are designed to help you cope with a baby suffering from colic, or symptoms of colic.

Gentle motion

A slow, gentle, repetitious motion can help greatly, such as a movement in a car, (I can testify to that, with both girls)a rocking chair, or even huddled in your arms, a slight patting on the back. These actions can quickly calm down your baby.Now, it has been noted that, if taking your baby out in the car is a little too difficult or inconvenient, then placing the baby in the car seat, then placing the car seat on top of a running dryer, or fast spin washing machine seems to do the trick.

NOTE: Please DO NOT put Baby In the washing machine or dryer.

If you have a cot, or crib, then that may just have a built in rocker than vibrates the cot, sending a slight vibrating movement through the cot.Some of then have senses that can detect a baby crying, then will automatically switch on.

Crying does not always mean pick me up!

Some parenting books say that you should pick up baby when he or she cries! But babies can learn very quickly, that crying means being picked up. Be careful you don’t fall into that trap!

How to treat a colicky baby with home remedies?

Babies cry for a number of reasons, but notably, they cry because they are tired.

And picking up baby only adds to frustration and stimulates more tears.

The best advice is just leave, but watch.

I have noticed that my youngest, Samantha, loves to have a quick cry, just before her eyes close up. She tries to fight the sleep, moans as much as she can, but sleep always wins.

To understand if your child is crying because he or she is tired, or some other symptom.

Try burping, changing the nappy/diaper, cuddling, check for signs of high temperature.

If your baby is still crying, put baby down, walk away. Believe it or not, often baby will settle down quickly, within a few minutes.

Staying calm

Your baby’s crying may send you to the nearest cliff, or you may get to the point that banging your head against a wall would be fun. Don’t worry!Colic is not serious, and can be cured easily. Remember that this unfortunately, is a stage in baby’s life that most go through.

Sadly, an unpleasant one, but one that will pass. Try and use home remedies for colic first.

Wean baby off cow’s milk

Some studies have shown an improvement in colic symptoms, after baby has stopped taking dairy products.Experts believe that it is the protein in the cow’s milk, which is present in formulas, and in the milk of breast feeding mother’s who eat a lot of dairy products. Remember – What mother eats, baby drinks!

Try a soy based formula, or mother could start to drink and eat soy based products. Its worth a try. If you have changed and baby does not seem to change after about 2 weeks, you can easily assume that your milk is not the cause of the problem.

Water can calm your baby down

If your baby is sending you crazy! You need to just stop, take a break, since you are turning into something none human, you will be no help for anyone, especially your little one.Try and pass your loved one onto someone else for a short while, and then take a hot shower or even better, a bath.

This will help you relax your shattered nerves.

In-fact, if you take your baby into the bathroom, while you are running the water, this noise can actually quieten your baby down.

Start using a calendar

A good idea is to start jotting down your baby’s weight, and the frequency and length of the crying sessions.This record will help you if you need to see a doctor later on. Not only that, but you will have a record that shows you that baby has a break from crying and sending you into cuckoo land.

It may even show you a pattern of when the crying starts and stops so you can prepare yourself the next time it may happen.

Add fibre to your baby’s milk

Some studies have shown that if you are not breastfeeding, but feeding baby with formula, add some fibre to the mixture.Research has shown that adding half a teaspoon of Citrucel three to six times a day, seems to help baby dramatically.

Just start by adding small amount first, the build up over time and experience. It is not for everyone, but it is a start.

Soothe your baby

Instead of bouncing your baby, which can over stimulate your baby, just soothe him or her, by placing a warm, NOThot water bottle, wrapped in a blanket, then placed on the back or stomach of your baby.Repetitious sounds can help, like a CD of running water, birds singing or other natural sounds. Even the noise of a fan or air conditioner sometimes works – Whatever it takes!

Don’t think – Why Me!

When you look at magazines that show case babies with happy smiles, and gleaming faces, don’t think ‘why don’t they have my problem?’ – They do.Maybe not then at the photo shoot. You can rest assured that the baby you see in that magazine is no different than yours.

He or she will cry, just like yours (as are mine, as I am writing this article.)

This is all part of the baby process.

The parents of those babies will have the same exasperation’s as you are having right now.

Crying and picking up – Good and bad

Everyone will tell you that holding your baby is one of the best ways to create a bond, and this helps baby with knowing who you are.And, there is nothing wrong with that, except that you can do it too often, in-which the baby will get so use to it, he or she will expect to be picked up every time he or she sees you.

Yes, if your baby is suffering from colic then pick your baby up and cuddle him or her. This will have a calming effect.

But if your baby is fine, then limit the pick ups and cuddles. Many parents have learnt the hard way that crying or moaning does not mean ‘I have to pick up baby.’

If that system gets started, baby will learn quickly and expect to be picked up every time it makes a noise.

But studies have shown that carrying a baby before colic has an opportunity to set in may prevent the condition from developing.

More food please!

A few extra sessions a day of feeding does have an impact on a crying baby. You are not feeding your baby too often, you are helping your baby.Have you noticed how quiet the baby is when feeding, looking at you, eye to eye contact. Your baby can feel you, sense you, is in a relaxed state.

By doing this, your baby will benefit and so will you.

Is your baby on a schedule?

Many babies simply cry a lot, because they just haven’t learnt how to calm themselves down, so they can fall asleep.Most babies under 12 weeks will fall asleep while being fed, it is sometimes difficult for them to fall asleep when not being fed.

To help, your baby must be on a schedule of falling a sleep and waking up. Try and help your baby fall asleep without your assistance. A simple naptime routine, or ritual may serve as the cue for your baby to fall from wakefulness to sleep without waking up the neighbourhood.

As an example:-

  • Change nappy/diaper.
  • Sing or play a baby song or some music, while sitting in a chair, slowly rocking gently.
  • Place baby in the cot just before he or she drifts of to dream land.

You will find your baby will fuss a little, but will soon learn to fall asleep in the cot rather than in your arms from feeding.

Speak to your doctor

If you have done all you can with your colicky baby, then don’t delay and go and see your doctor.Take advantage of all the support that is available. Your doctor and the nurses will have a ton of experience and a great source of advice and help.

Patience is a virtue

The good thing is that most babies after three months will not suffer from colic.The longest you will have to wait is 6 months, but if your baby is still very young and not suffering yet, then prepare yourself now, just in-case your baby gets colic.

Some home remedies for colic you may have in your kitchen

Chamomile teacombines anti-spasmodic and sedative properties, that can help relieve intestinal cramping and help with relaxing your baby at the same time.Chamomile contains 19 different anti-spasmodic constituents, as well as 5 sedative ones, (who needs benzodiazepines!) and your simple take chamomile in the form of a cup of tea.

This is what you do:-

  • Place 1 teaspoon of chamomile pettles or flowers in cup or mug.
  • Fill with boiling water.
  • Place a cover on the top of your cup or mug, and let the water and chamomile infuse for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, strain the contents.
  • Leave to cool down to room temperature or just warm, give to baby in a bottle.

A nursing mother can also drink the tea, unless she is allergic to pollen.You can also use pre-package chamomile tea bags, if you cannot find fresh chamomile flowers.

Soy products

As we have mentioned previously, dairy products can be the cause of colic, especially if mother is breastfeeding and she takes in a lot of dairy produce.It also is in baby formulas. Try and eliminate the dairy products for two weeks, and instead give a soy based formula to your bottle fed baby. If you are breastfeeding, you as a mother can take soy products. But everything must be in moderation.

But, please do some research on soy for baby, as there is a lot of conflicting information on the safety of taking soy products altogether, whether for baby or for you.

There are always pros and cons for everything, but in the end it is a personal choice.

Basil

This delightful herb has large amounts of eugenol, which has anti-spasmodic and sedative properties.This is what you do:-

  • Place 1 teaspoon of dried basil leaves in cup or mug.
  • Fill with boiling water.
  • Place a cover on the top of your cup or mug, and let the water and basil leaves infuse for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, strain the contents.
  • Leave to cool down to room temperature or just warm, give to baby in a bottle.

Mint

Mint also has anti-spasmodic properties, which has found to help intestinal spasms in colicky infants.This is what you do:-

  • Place 1 teaspoon of dried mint in cup or mug.
  • Fill with boiling water.
  • Place a cover on the top of your cup or mug, and let the water and mint infuse for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, strain the contents.
  • Leave to cool down to room temperature or just warm, give to baby in a bottle.

Although, it has not been conclusively proven to be effective, peppermint-flavoured water is a century old home remedy for colic.

Scientists have found through research that the active ingredient in peppermint oil, is a calcium channel blocker, which has an affect of easing intestinal distress, a common problem associated with colic.

A peppermint stick soaked in water can help, but lookout for those that contain a lot of sugar.

NOTE: Never use pure or straight peppermint oil to make tea. It is too potent for your baby.

Finally, as you live with your baby, experience counts for everything, and if an elderly parent gives you suggestions, listen, or someone who has had babies.

The voice of experience can help you lot and cut out a vast amount of unwanted and unneeded problems.

Thanks for reading home remedies for colic, and if you have any further adivce, please leave a comment.

Enjoy!