The Basics

Colic is most common in newborns up to 3months of age and is characterized by excessive and inconsolable crying that cannot be attributable to other causes such as hunger or neglect.

Colic is most often related to food sensitivities, especially from dairy. Babies suffering from infantile colic are usually crying excessively because of pain from gas, bloating and indigestion. Colic is treatable and there is lots that the mom can do to help!

Easy Tips To Try At Home:

Dietary Changes:

Breastfeeding mothers with colicky babies should avoid dairy and eliminate other common allergens from their diet. This may include soy, corn, wheat/gluten, and tomatoes/’nightshades’. Other foods that should be avoided are broccoli/cauliflower/cruciferous vegetables, coffee, garlic and spicy foods as these may also aggravate infant colic. If you have already been tested for food sensitivities, you should continue to avoid any foods that you are sensitive to, as your child may be reacting to these foods as well.

Carminative Tea:

Make a tea with equal parts of any of the following dry herbs – Chamomile, fennel, licorice root, lemon balm. Add 1tsp of tea mixture to 1cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Drink 1 cup 3-5x/day. These herbs contain ‘carminatives’, plant constituents that reduce gas and painful digestive cramping. Carminatives are passed through your breast milk to your baby, helping to ease their colic pain. *Always consult with your naturopathic doctor before taking herbal remedies when pregnant or breastfeeding.

Tummy Rub:

In 2 Tablespoons of a carrier oil (vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil), add 1 drop each of peppermint oil, fennel oil, and chamomile oil. Mix well and rub a small amount onto your baby’s belly in a clockwise, circular motion. This can be done several times per day, especially when the child is crying and in pain as this will ease the passage of any gas and relax cramping of the colon.

While these treatments can be very helpful for babies with colic, always get your child assessed first by a qualified health care practitioner to rule out any other causes of inconsolable crying.

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