Crying is the best way for an infant to communicate and express their needs at this tender age. You have to respond for fulfilling those needs. Sometimes, baby cries for no reason. Well, don’t get uncomfortable if you are a new mamma. Besides, babies suffering from colic cry unexpectedly for no clear reason. Also, it has no apparent cure.
Precisely, Colic is not a disorder or a disease. One can say that it’s a blend of baffling behaviors. Crying is an indication of healthy babies, so it seems like a catch. Still, the medical science has developed no solution for it. We can only wait to see when it ends. The problem seems common as everyone out of five children has it. What worsens the situation is the struggles one has to do for calming a colicky baby. It makes the mamma, especially the new ones worried, frustrated, and exhausted. Here are the three general rules to diagnose if a crying baby has this problem.
- If the baby continuously cries for 3 hours or more at a stretch.
- If in a week, it happens for three or more days.
- In case, it continuously persists for three or more weeks.
There are some other symptoms of a colicky baby. They are intense crying without any reason, back arching, fists clenching, unexpectedly reaching to touch, etc.
Home Remedies for Baby Colic
The medical community is still clueless about the exact causes of baby colic. Some say it is due to an immature digestive tract, allergies, or neurological development. While other claims that the shyness of some children makes them overstimulated. Fortunately, there are home remedies that may help you in eliminating or reducing the symptoms of baby colic. This article will let you know those home remedies. However, you must consult your pediatrician first before implementing them.
Make the Baby in Mild Repetitious Motion
You can calm the baby by setting him in mild repetitious motion. It can be like a swinging chair or hammock. Besides, you can take the baby for a short drive in a car. However, don’t forget to put him in safety seat. Don’t leave him unattended. Besides, you can rock him for hours in your arms. Mild movement can work like a charm to calm and soothe an upset child.
Deter the Baby Reflux and try homeopathic medicine:
You can try to rule out the baby reflux. Now, this may reduce the baby cry. However, if it exaggerates try a Homeopathic medicine called Nat Phos 6X. I have tried it once and was happy to see the outcomes. It turned my little princess from crank to calm and happy baby. You should try, only if it met symptoms of colic. After diagnosing, you can try this method to eliminate the cause of baby crying.
Visit a Lactation Consultant
It is important for breastfeeding mom to visit a lactation consultant if she finds some symptoms of colic. Many anatomical issues are responsible for distressing the baby. Consulting pediatricians is not enough. In fact, most of them are incapable of figuring out this problem. They couldn’t provide you any advice regarding this.
Not every time it’s the imperfection in breastfeeding from mom. Sometimes, the baby could be tongue-tied, lip-tip or with any other abnormality. It could be the reason for him to have a bad latch. Making sure the baby is getting sufficient hindmilk is important. One can assess this from baby’s poop. Besides, the mom can also have issues like an oversupply of milk causing digestive distress. A lactation consultant will give proper advice and suggestions that will help a mom to breastfeed her baby perfectly.
Stop Feeding Cow Milk to Your Baby
In some studies, the researchers have found signs of improvement in colic after excluding cow milk from baby’s diet. The protein in cow’s milk is present in many infant foods and mother’s milk. So, your baby might be having an over consumption of this protein. The studies say that it is responsible for making five to ten percent babies colicky.
You can go with other alternatives like soy milk and almond milk specialized for infants. However, breast feeding is the best for your baby. If there are no signs of improvement within two weeks, then this may not be the issue with your baby.
Sparing a mild water bath during illness will make the baby calm. It may also make them fall into sleep. However, you shouldn’t try this when the weather is frigid. Also, you should immediately dry all the water from their body using a soft towel.
How to do it?
- At first, you have to prepare a bathtub full of warm water.
- Mix few plop of lavender oil into it.
- Now, put the baby in the water and gently massage him.
- Finally, take him out of the bath tub and use a soft towel to dry him up.
The colic symptoms might be appearing due to some kids of pain from which your baby is suffering. A warm compress can effectively sort this out. It may calm your baby afterward.
How to do it?
- At first, pour some warm water into a basin or on a tub.
- Then, dip a soft towel into it and remove the excess water by squeezing it.
- In circular motion apply the soaked towel on the suffering baby’s body.
- You can continue it for 3-5 minutes.
- Finally, take another dry towel and dry him up gently.
This home remedy works like a charm in fighting against colic. It benefits your baby by assisting him in bona fide digestion and obstruct gastric problems. Besides, the blood circulation also gets enhanced with it.
How to do it?
- Initially, procure some warm olive oil in a bowl.
- Now, apply it gently on the tummy by using your hands. Try to perform it in circular motions.
- After 3-5 minutes of massaging the tummy, move to cage and pelvis.
- Finally, massage his/her hands and feet.
Make Sure Your Baby is Getting Enough Rest
Not having enough rest will make your baby cranky. You have to closely monitor and record how much time your baby is having rest. I have observed that he gets hysterical if I pushed him for more than seventy minutes. Hence, you have to make sure he doesn’t get overtired. Usually, they need sleep after waking for around two hours. Some even need sleep after an hour. You can try by making the next nap time 15 minutes earlier. Besides, if you find some symptoms of tiredness or dizziness in him, then try to make him sleep. The thing is to get him rest whenever he needs.
Get the Baby Some Fresh Air
Sometimes, the fresh air will work like magic when it comes to calming down a colic baby. You can take him to the outdoors. The fresh air, sun, and other things from the environment can swindle his mood. It will comfort him like nothing else.
Introducing Fiber in the Baby’s Formula
Perhaps, the hardening of stool or constraints in the bowel movement may be the reason for making your baby upset. Studies state that some colic babies show improvement if the fiber is added to their formula. It is a bulking agent that attracts water to the stool making the bowel movement easier to the baby.
How to do it?
- You can feed one-half teaspoon of Citrucel three times a day to the baby.
- Initially, you should add a small amount of fiber. Later, you can build up higher dosages.
Your baby may be suffering from gastric problems. There may be some trapped gases inside his body discomforting him. For this, you can try certain baby exercises to release those trapped gases. One such exercise is bicycle legs. Besides, you can try gently massaging his belly. You should rub his tummy in a clockwise motion.
How to do bicycle legs?
- At first, you can gently bend his legs.
- Afterwards, put the thighs gently on his belly.
- Repeat the same with another leg for a couple of times.
It can be an uncomfortable experience for babies to come out into open space from the womb and join the world. You can assist your colic child by baby wearing him. It will be even better to baby-wear from skin-to-skin. Many studies state that it regulates baby’s breathing, heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure. Besides, it will also create closeness with you and change his mood. You can try swaddling him. However, you should leave if he is objecting or if it is obstructing his sleep. You can try co-sleep whenever possible. It will create warm and closeness that will help in calming down the baby. In fact, the majority of mothers around the world practice this sleeping arrangement.
So, here we have some natural remedies that you can try at your home. Dealing with colic can be frustrating and stressing. However, the good thing is it ends up gradually or sometimes instantly. Usually, colic babies get cured miraculously by three months on their own.