Dealing with colic

It can be very frustrating for new parents when their baby has colic. This blog will give you a deeper understanding of the nature of colic and hopefully help reduce your feeling of helplessness.

 

Causes of colic

There can be myriad reasons for colic, these include:

  • constitutional or familiar tendencies
  • diet of mum if breastfeeding
  • formula used

How do you spot if your baby has colic?

There is an easy-to-remember guideline that you can follow; however, remember these are just general guidelines and always seek professional advice, such as the baby cries for about three hours a day, for at least three days a week. But how do you know that they are crying due to colic? Let’s look at some common symptoms.

What are the common symptoms?

  • Inconsolable and intense crying episodes with no apparent trigger
  • These bouts can have predictable daily patterns
  • Babies can arch their back or pull their legs up, clench their fits or have other posture changes

What can you do?

  • Consult your health care provider in case of allergies or to rule out any other conditions.
  • If you are using formula, research a good natural alternative and try your baby on a different product in case of an allergy to one of the ingredients.
  • Homeopathic formulas are also very beneficial and have no side effects and are safe for all babies (Nat-Phos 6X is a frequently used remedy that may help although a qualified homeopath will prescribe a specific remedy that will suit your baby exactly).
  • Ensure you have plenty of time for you and your baby to rest. Without rest our bodies become more tense, which can contribute to a number of health conditions.
  • Creating monotone noise in some cases proves to be beneficial - noise of a humidifier (the first nine months in the womb is rather noisy therefore soft noise may comfort the baby). You could add a few drops of Ylang-ylang and lavender to the humidifier to act as a nervous system relaxant and help reduce any airborn bacteria in the room.
  • Fresh air helps.
  • Warm baths or a nice warm cloth on the tummy can also be very comforting.
  • Movement such as gently moving the baby’s legs, bicycling or lightly massaging the baby’s tummy in a clockwise circular motion can also help.
  • If you are breastfeeding there are a few helpful hints to make sure that you reduce the likelihood of your baby developing colic.

 

Follow a clean nursing diet:

Do’s

  • Have plenty of fennel and/or chamomile tea daily. These active ingredients are passed through to the baby via the breast milk and it has a direct effect in reducing colic and bloating.
  • Include cumin in your food, for exactly the same reason as above. This can be ground or whole cumin.
  • Have plenty of mineral water to ensure that you are being cleansed and hydrated at all times.

Don’t

Try and reduce the following in your diet:

  • Caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Wheat/gluten
  • Milk
  • Alcohol

You will need to eliminate these ingredients and foods for two-to-four weeks to ensure that they are totally cleared from your body. 

Overall, be patient when implementing these strategies, it may take a little time for them to work, but it’s definitely worth it!

Written by Timea West ND. BHom. BNat. DNut. Nutrition Strategist, Facilitator

Timea graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in Naturopathic Medicine, a Bachelor Degree in Homeopathic Medicine and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition. She has been in clinical practice in Sydney, Brisbane and in the UK for the past decade and in 2008 developed her own trademark in the industry ‘Multi-Modality Health Management system (MMHM)’ while establishing her inner and outer health and wellbeing centre in Sydney with a team of 14 employees. Currently engaged in numerous aspects of the health industry, lecturing at various companies, facilitates corporate health workshops, an educator and writer for Playgroup QLD children’s health (watch out for PGQ TV health segments). Timea specialises in several areas of integrative medicine including longevity, diabetes, weight management, natural fertility, healthy pregnancy and healthy baby and child development.

 

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