Self Help For Coping with Colic by Gina Winter

February 25, 2007 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

Colic is something that most babies will experience to one degree or another. It appears to be related to a digestive system that has not matured sufficiently and can be recognised by signs such as persistent crying by baby, particularly in the late afternoon and early evening.

Your baby may pull her legs up towards her abdomen, clench her fists and cry. She may be temporarily soothed by feeding or rocking, but then will commence crying again.

Colic can also be a result of allergies or it may have an emotional source if there is tension in the child, mother or family. Usually by about three months of age the colic seems to disappear. Not all babies get colic and there are varying degrees of colic.

Some suggestions for the relief of colic are listed below:

  • Position your baby in the crook of your arm with her head facing down and your palm against her abdomen and holding her close against your body. Rub babys back with your other hand whilst in this position.
  • Place a warm hot water bottle wrapped in a nappy on babys abdomen.
  • Rocking, patting, cuddling and singing to your baby can have a soothing effect.
  • Some say that the avoidance of particular foods whilst breastfeeding can help. Foods from the cabbage family such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, turnips and kale. Also implicated are chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter, sugar and white flour. This last group of foods tends to slow intestinal activity in you and your baby.
  • Herbal teas can be of great assistance. Teas made from herbs such as chamomile, peppermint and catnip can be made into a mild tea and given to your baby with a teaspoon.
  • Aromatic seeds such as dill, fennel, caraway, anise and coriander can help prevent or relive colic. One cup of tea whilst nursing your baby and the therapeutic effects will pass through your milk to your baby. It is also safe to give teas made from these seeds to your baby with a teaspoon. To prepare the tea pour one cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of the desired seed and steep for about 15 minutes, strain and then drink.
  • The Biochemic Tissue Salt Mag Phos (purchased from a health food store) can be mixed with warm, boiled water and given to your baby with a teaspoon.
  • A few drops of liquid bifidus or acidophilus culture may be given to your baby mixed with a teaspoon of cooled boiled water before and after nursing.

From my own experience, I have also found it to be beneficial for mother and baby to spend at least the first two weeks after birth at home, curtailing any outings, activities and visitors for up to a month. Both you and your baby will fare better if you do not have to cope with shopping centers, long car trips, crowds and rushing about

Before the birth of your baby try to organise your life so that you can spend as much time in the first month of your baby’s life in the peace and quiet of your own home. In this way you can develop a relationship and routine with your new baby and family.

If you would like some more information contact me at:

Gina Winter e-mail winters@fan.net.au

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Entry filed under: Baby, Family Health.

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