There are remedies that can help solve infant tummy troubles.
Note: More information about the products mentioned can be found at the end of the article.
We were lucky. Out of seven children we didn’t have any who were really colicky. Some of them got a little fussy in the evening sometimes – but it was nothing huge. We found the best remedy for them was to bundle them up in blankets and take them outside for a walk in the cool air. Often they’d be settled and asleep in a few short minutes. This was hubby’s duty, especially if it happened during church. He has memories of really not attending church for years as he was outside walking babies to sleep in the fresh air.
As we do this please remember not all crying babies have colic. Always check to see if the diaper needs changing, if there are any threads from clothing wrapped around a tiny finger, if the baby just needs to be held tightly, or if the baby might be hungry (especially at the 3-week, 6-week, and 3-month growth spurts).
I have, however, worked with clients whose babies were really a colicky mess – the characteristic arching of the back, then pulling the knees up, then arching the back violently, while screaming full force. You know when a baby is doing that, that there is something really wrong. Apparently my oldest brother was like that. The story goes that Mom and Dad would take turns rocking him all night until he was about six months old. It’s really a miracle I am here. I’m not sure what possessed my parents to have a second and third (me) child after their first experience. I think I would have quit right then and there and had just one child.
However, since they did go on to have me, I can share with you some very useful and effective information that has worked for many of my clients who have had colicky babies.
Infant Tummy Troubles/Colic
The first rule of thumb is – Mom needs to check her diet. Some babies are sensitive to Mom eating wheat, dairy, chocolate, onions, strawberries, citrus, or garlic. It can be a real drag to have to limit your diet, but if it makes a happy baby then it is really worth it. I do suggest, for the quick relief of your baby, that you cut out all possible offenders right off the bat. If baby is doing hugely better in a day or two, you’ll know at least one of the foods you took away was the problem. If there is no change after a week of this super-limited diet, it’s not a food issue, and you can go back to everything the way it was before.
If you are formula-feeding your baby, you may need to try different formulas to find one that agrees better with your baby.
Regardless of how your baby is being fed, breast or bottle, the herbal options are the same.
The all-time best herbal formula I’ve ever found for babies with tummy issues is Catnip & Fennel. You can give baby drops by mouth or rub it on baby’s tummy. It works quickly and well. It will often calm a digestive upset almost immediately, and the catnip will also help baby to relax.
Catnip, which is a nervine, functions as a relaxant. It can also reduce intestinal cramps. When combined with fennel, which supports the liver, the result is less stomach and intestinal gas and a relaxed baby, sometimes even a sleeping baby.
Some babies really don’t like the flavor of Catnip & Fennel. Others lap it up eagerly. I always suggest trying to avoid putting it directly on baby’s tongue. Instead, try to slip it into the side of the mouth, in the cheek. It’s not as much of a taste assault when it doesn’t hit the taste buds directly. It’s also harder to spit out when it’s not on the tongue. If bottlefeeding, a few drops of Catnip & Fennel can be added to each baby bottle to help reduce colic before it even starts.
If there is a chance baby did not get the blast of probiotics during the birth experience, you can give him acidophilus/bifidus. Without those friendly bacteria, humans don’t complete the digestion of various carbohydrates well at all and the result is … GAS. It’s easy enough to take a capsule of acidophilus/bifidus and pour ½ capsule of the powder into the baby’s cheek. Don’t pour it right on the tongue – baby will gag hard on the dry powder. Some people pour it onto baby’s anus. It seems to be drawn up into the intestinal tract quite well that way.
Most babies’ digestive tracts mature nicely by 6 months and they just seem to ‘outgrow’ the colic as they get older.
If your baby is a little older – 3 months or more – and is still having problems, try finely crushing a Papaya Mint tablet and mixing it with a bit of breast milk to feed on a spoon, or shaking it into the formula.
Most babies’ digestive tracts mature nicely by 6 months and they just ‘outgrow’ the colic. These remedies can work well to make baby more comfortable and to help him digest his food better.
If you have concerns about your child’s health, or just don’t know where to begin making improvements, please contact me, Judith Cobb, to book an appointment. Skype, phone, webinar, and face-to-face appointments are available.
Products referred to in article:
|Nature's Sunshine Products Canada||Natyre's Sunshine Products USA|
|Papaya Mint Tablets||Sunshine Heroes Whole Food Papayazyme|
|Catnip & Fennel||Catnip & Fennel|
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