Using colic home remedies involves learning baby massage and use herbal and homeopathic remedies. There are many colic home remedies that are helpful in soothing a colicky baby. They are simple but effective colic treatments that work by helping your baby release trapped gas.
The following is a list of things you can do to help your colicky baby.
Gentle Pressure for Gas
Position your colic baby on your arm with your palm against his abdomen. Hold your gassy baby closely against your body and rub his back with your other hand.
This position often helps relieve gas. Also try to keep your baby propped up after a feeding by using a breastfeeding pillow.
Colic treatments that use mild heat are also very effective in relieving colic pain in babies. Warm a magic bag or bean bag for 1 minute in the microwave or prepare a water bottle and place it on the baby's abdomen. Make sure that it is not too hot.
You can also use the magic bag to warm your hands and then apply gentle pressure on the baby's abdomen.
Grippe Water Herbal Remedy
Among all the popular colic home remedies, Grippe Water has the highest reputation. Grippe water is the generic name for a herbal remedy that contains ingredients to soothe colic pains.
You can make your own Grippe Water by making an infusion of organic fennel and ginger herbal remedies. These remedies help digestion, which seems to soothe baby's tummy. I like to add Chamomile tea as well.
Among all the colic home remedies I know, this is the most effective in 80% of colicky babies.
If your colic baby is constipated make sure to help him have a bowl movement by massaging his tummy very gently in a clockwise circular motion or hold your baby over an infant potty.
Many babies learn potty training really early. This is called "elimination communication" when the caregiver learns when the infant baby is going to have a bowel movement and put the baby on the potty as soon as possible.
If you know your baby is constipated, boil 6 dried prunes in 250 ml of water for 20 minutes. Let it cool off, strain it and give the prune water to your baby to drink.
Water prune is one of those colic home remedies that works well even in very small infants. Do not give your baby store prune juice because it is pasteurized and may contain sugar or other ingredients. A home made prune water works best.
Check with your health care practitioner if in doubt.
Make sure your baby has lots of fluids throughout the day. Offer breast milk or formula every 3 hours during the day.
When preparing your baby formula make sure to put the correct amount of water. Follow the instructions on the package.
If you are breastfeeding, drink lots of spring or purified water. Avoid drinking tap water because it contains harmful chemicals.
You need to drink water, other liquids do not count. Avoid carbonated beverages, black tea, coffee and of course alcohol. Drink 8-10 glasses of water a day.
Antibiotics prescribed for mothers while breast-feeding may cause colic in their babies. Try to avoid antibiotics if you can. Antibiotics kill the gut of friendly bacteria which are needed to keep the immune system strong.
Mom and baby should take a good probiotic on regular bases to restore a healthy intestinal flora. Colic in baby can be caused by a decrease in the number of good bacteria which aid digestion.
A few granules (1/8 of a teaspoon) of powdered bifidus or acidophilus may be given to your baby mixed with a teaspoon of cooled boiled water before and after nursing.
Acidophilus should be introduced in baby's diet slowly because it can cause gas if given in high amounts.
Also make sure to purchase a high quality product specific for infant because infants have a different flora composition than adults.
Giving your baby daily amounts of acidophilus is excellent for colic prevention.
Viamin B5 is known as the "anti- stress vitamin". It is also called panthothenic acid and it is needed for the normal functioning of the gastro-intestinal tract. It treats anxiety, anemia, and supports metabolic cell functioning.
You can give it to your baby each evening before the colic episodes start. Most baby seem to have colic pains mostly in the evening and night time.
Crush 100 mg tablet and dissolve it in 60 ml of water. Take 30 ml of this solution and give it to your baby by spoon or using a eye dropper. Discard the other 30 ml. Make a new batch each evening.
Music and Motion
Play a soft music for your baby. This soothes most babies. Some babies like the sound of a white sound machine, some like classical music, some lullabies.
Put Your Baby on A Swing
Mechanical swings help baby stay in an upright position and fall asleep while rocking back and forth. The motion of the swing is rhythmic and regular, help the baby soothe himself.
Music and motion are very effective colic home remedies parents use a lot. If you have a baby swing with music, your baby may like the rocking movement.
Put Baby On A Sling and Go For A Walk
Most baby like the smell and the body heat of their mom. Putting your baby on a sling provides closeness and skin contact.
This s very reassuring for a colicky baby. Also the rocking motion of your walk and the fresh air can help babies feel better.
This simple exercise helps relieve gas.
Hold his legs gently an make bicycling pedaling motions. Make sure to bring his knees at the level of his abdomen.
Then lower the legs and stretch them out.
Repeat for a few minutes until baby's passes gas.
Now repeat the bicycle motion alternating legs and then both legs up toward the tummy and both stretch out.
Give your baby a break and do this exercise 2-3 more times each evening or each time the baby is gassy.
When To Seek Medical Care
Colic home remedies are a great solution for many colicky babies, but talk to your doctor if your baby has severe symptoms.
Seek medical care when your baby is in great distress for long periods of time or if there is vomiting, diarrhea, constipation or retained urination.
Pediatricians often diagnose colic in baby if a baby cries for three or more hours per day, at least three times per week, within a three month period.
Ask your pediatrician if your baby has colic, do not just assume it does.
Help for Mom and Dad
Colic home remedies are not just helpful for your baby, but also for you. This time is probably the most difficult time for parents, so do not expect to be able to do everything perfectly, ask for help and allow time during the day to take care of yourself.
1. Sleep and rest when the baby sleeps.
2. Eat healthy and nutritious meals. Smoothies are great for nursing moms because it improves milk quality.
3. Drink plenty of purified or spring water, avoid tap water. Drink breastfeeding tea each day.
4. If you are nursing your baby, avoid eating broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards greens, garlic, onions, turnip, and especially spicy foods. Also, stay away from fried foods, fast food, dairy products ( except all natural yogurt), wheat products, eggs, and beans.
5. Ask for help. Have someone clean, cook, and look after the baby if you feel exhausted.
6. Spend some time to go out of the house. Take a walk, have a tea with a friend, whatever makes you happy and helps you relax for a few hours.
7. Do gentle exercise if you feel up to it (do not exercise during the first 6 weeks of postpartum).
8. Deal with stress by saying positive affirmations, receiving postpartum massage, take a yoga or meditation class.
9. Read the Colic Guide eBook for more colic home remedies and techniques to treat a colicky baby.
10. Spend time outdoor if you can, fresh air is good for you and your baby.
Do not despair, you can help your baby with Colic home remedies because they are often effective, all you need to do is try!
Baby colic signs and symptoms can differ from baby to baby and from day to day. Not all babies experience colic pain in the same way.
Your Baby May Have All or Some Of the Following Colic Signs And Symptoms
The following are the most commonly observed signs of colic in babies:
1. The most common sign of colic in baby is inconsolable and continuous crying most commonly starting in the evening hours going into the night.
2. Colic babies may pull their legs up toward the abdomen and clench their fists.
3. Some colic babies arch their backs and move their hands arms and legs as if in a struggle.
4. Some colic babies a temporarily better by feeding, rocking, repetitive motions like car rides or being on a baby swing.
5. Symptoms of colic seem to worsen around the same time each day or night, and after eating are more pronounced. Colic in baby can come on suddenly and leave suddenly.
6. Colic in baby is associated with signs of gas discomfort and abdominal bloating. The baby's abdomen feels hard and distended.
7. Colic babies with colic that are normally happy, become really irritable and very fussy when experiencing a colic episode.
8. Some colic babies bring up milk especially between meals. This is due to acid stomach conditions.
9. Colic in baby is usually worse by lying the baby down flat on his back.
10. Usually clears up by the time the baby is 3 months old. By this time the baby's digestive system is more mature.
Please, if you think your baby is suffering from colic, do not diagnose him without consulting with a pediatrician first.
Not all fussy babies have colic, they can suffer from other conditions and a proper diagnosis by a pediatrician is always necessary.
If your pediatrician has told you that your baby has colic, then you can rest assure he will eventually improve by 3 months of age.
If the mean time you can use many at home techniques to help soothe your baby.
Fussy babies and colic symptoms go often hand in hand. Colic babies experience symptoms as sharp, intermittent abdominal pains caused by cramping of the abdominal muscles. The main cause of colic pains is an immature digestive system and trapped gas.
Immature Gastro-Intestinal System
You have to remember that up until birth babies are fed through the mother's circulation and do not have to digest foods. At birth as they receive either mother's milk or formula, their digestive system starts to function and in some babies this causes distress.
Bottle Versus Breast Milk
Studies have shown how bottle-fed babies suffer from colic more than breastfed babies because the compositions of cow's milk is different than that of mother's milk. In fact colic babies can be sensitive to the proteins of cow's milk.
Trauma And Colic
Baby colic is often considered as a merely physical problem, but I would like to point out that colic babies have a very delicate emotional and mental system. They can feel the stress in their environment as they try to adjust to life outside of the womb.
Babies who have suffered during a difficult birth or that have been separated from their mother at birth may become more sensitive to develop baby colic.
So, it is very important to make sure mother and child have the opportunity to spend as much time together and that the mother gets enough sleep. Breastfeeding moms should rest and get lots of help.
If your baby has colic pains often, take as much time as you can to be close to your baby and enhance your bonding with him.
Colic Babies and Feeding Time
When breastfed or bottle-fed babies develop signs of colic, many practitioners advice parents to make sure their babies do not swallow air while feeding.
If your baby is breastfed and you have a very fast and strong let down, your baby cannot keep up with the milk flow and will end up swallowing air. Try to adjust your feeding position so that the baby is not completely laying down on his back but kept a little up (inclined upright position).
Feeding Your Baby More Often
Also, many colic babies need to be fed more often to prevent over eating and gulping milk all at once. Sometimes just shifting from 3 hours to 2 ½ hours between each feed can make a difference.
Burp Your Baby More Often
If you think that your baby is gulping milk and air either change feeding position or burp the baby more often. Colic in baby may be greatly helped by burping the baby often and by carrying the baby upright over your shoulder.
If you nurse your baby on demand, make sure the baby is really hungry and nor tired or needing cuddling. Sometimes putting the baby on the breast too often can cause overfeeding and trigger more colic in baby.
Feeding Position for Babies with Colic
Colic in baby may be worse after or during feeding. Put a firm pillow beside you and hold baby facing you, tuck the body under your arm with baby's head held facing the nipple, so that baby is in effect sitting up to drink.
Change breastfeeding position if you nurse your baby because a change in the feeding position can make a world of difference in some cases.
Experiment with what works for you but make sure the baby is in a upright position as much as possible while drinking.
Bottles for Colic Babies
There are many different type of baby bottles that help reduce the amount of air that the baby swallows. Experiment with what works best for your baby.
Immature Digestive System
For the first time after birth babies have to digest food. While in their mother's tummy, during gestation, they were fed through the mother's circulation and never had to digest food.
So, during the first few months after birth, babies have to learn how to efficiently digest and assimilate nutrients from either breast milk or formula.
The muscles that support digestion have not developed the proper rhythm for propelling and moving food efficiently thought the digestive tract.
In addition, newborns lack the presence of friendly bacterial flora also called probiotics. Intestinal bacterial flora develops over time to aid digestion.
Breastfed babies are sensitive or allergic to certain foods eaten by their mother. Through lactation, trace elements of cruciferous vegetables (cabbages, cauliflowers, and broccoli) and other gas producing foods may be passed via breast milk to baby causing digestive upset like gas and bloating.
Infants often swallow air while feeding, which creates gas and bloating. When the gas gets trapped inside the digestive system, colic pain develops.
Sensitive Nervous System
Infants' nervous system is still developing and they are very sensitive to external stimuli like noises, light, and too much stimulation. Colic babies will experience more severe abdominal pain, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping.
Colic massage helps soothe a colicky, fussy and unhappy baby. If your baby suffers from recurrent colic pain that makes him miserable, learn how to give your baby a colic massage.
Colic in baby develops either suddenly or slowly and it involves constant and distressing crying. It seems to be present during the first three months of life and it is worse in the evening hours.
Every baby is different so not all babies fit the classical description, but when a baby is crying constantly and impossible to soothe and medical findings do not find anything wrong, colic is probably the culprit.
If you suspect that your baby has colic, make sure a pediatrician visits your baby and provides an accurate diagnosis.
Having to nurture a colicky baby is very hard for parents who feel exhausted and stressed out because they are usually told that there is nothing they can do.
Colic in bay can be relieved by using a special kind of baby colic massage as shown in the following video.
In the video you can see how the mom massages her baby using knee bends in circular motion. This type of technique seems to be very effective in helping relieve the gas trapped in the baby intestinal tract.
In fact, colic in newborn is caused by gas building up that cannot be relieved.
A gassy baby will release wind after 5-10 minutes of continued colic massage.