Baby colic cures. Hardly anyone can remain unaffected by a baby’s cry and that’s the way it should be. A baby doesn’t have many ways to communicate with the world around him. His crying is one way to let us know he is unhappy and needs care and attention .
His crying summons us to come to the rescue of this little person who can’t help himself yet. Babies have all kinds of new impressions to process over the course of a day, and crying can be a way of processing or expressing them.
Some infants cry a lot, others cry very little. When a baby cries frequently and apparently for “no reason,” people automatically think he has colic. The crying changes throughout the day, often gaining intensity in the late afternoon or early evening.
Usually this kind of crying ends abruptly when the baby is about three months old. Although colic is often talked about, it is still not precisely understood, even by scientists. Many parents in this situation feel their nerves are stretched to the breaking point.
I never thought motherhood would be like this. Our baby cried a lot lots of times we carried him around all night. We took turns so at least one of us could get a few hours’ sleep. It was a very difficult time. Suddenly, at three months, it got better.
Baby Colic Cures
1. To rule out allergies, eliminate some types of cow’s milk protein, such as whole or nonfat milk, from your diet. Try eating yogurt, kefir or acidophilus milk instead. In a day or two, if your baby feels better, you will have solved the riddle.
2. Be sure you haven’t eaten or drunk something else your baby may not be able to tolerate. The combination of sugar and whole grain products can cause gas. If you are concerned, omit one food per day and monitor your baby’s reaction or improvement.
3. Burp your baby thoroughly.
4. If your baby has trouble managing your initial milk flow, express milk beforehand until the milk-ejection reflex occurs. Or interrupt the feed as soon as you feel a tingling in your breast so the initial rush of milk can flow into a diaper or a small cup. This way your baby won’t be overwhelmed and swallow too much air with the milk she drinks.
5. Try nursing your baby while you are lying on your back to see if that improves things.
6. Try carrying your baby in a vertical position.
7. When your baby is full, maybe he can comfort himself by sucking on your finger while you hold him in your arms. It may help him relieve tension.
8. A gentle massage of the lower abdomen or around the navel in a clockwise direction (following the intestine) can be helpful for your baby. Use the following essential oils for massaging: 1 drop of Roman chamomile, 1 drop anise, I drop fennel, 1 drop carrot seed oil and one ounce (20 ml) of sesame oil. Shake ingredients thoroughly in a clean jar before using.
9. Evaporate a few drops of anise, fennel, coriander and Roman chamomile essential oils in an aroma lamp.
10. A small hot water bottle wrapped in a towel can help ease your baby’s discomfort; so can putting him down to nap on a lambskin rug or a blanket.
11. Nurturing touch, which you may already have practiced on yourself, can bring your baby relief. First, sensitize your hands with gentle stroking. Then lay your hands, one on top of the other, over the baby’s pelvic area. Imagine you are “radiating” warmth into his body under your peaceful touch. The presence of your hands will help bring breath movement to his pelvis area, harmonizing and relaxing it. Touching the baby’s abdomen calms him, You may want to silently sound the tone 00 loudly or silently while you do this.
12. Pressing the baby’s thigh gently and rhythmically against her stomach can help her expel excess air.
13. Keep in mind colic usually ends abruptly when the baby is around three months old. In that short time, you will have survived this crisis and possibly found increased strength and confidence along the way.
When crying seems to be an expression of “undigested” emotional issues
1. “Be there” for your baby. Accept her crying and let her know she is not alone. Support her by taking her in your arms or touching her attentively while saying, “I don’t know how I can help you. But I’m with you, and I won’t leave you alone.”
2. Body and skin contact and an upright position are the only solution for many crying babies and their parents. Snuggled in a carrier, close to mother, father or some other helpful person and carried around, your baby may be more or less satisfied. Maybe it helps her to feel your body warmth at night. Don’t worry about spoiling her! Your baby is not crying to torment you. She cries because of some discomfort, even if the reason isn’t clear.
3. You can massage your baby’s whole body using a massage oil mixed with 1/4 cup (about 50 to 6Oml) of almond oil and 1 drop of rose oil (many books give guidelines; see Bibliography). Or give him a foot massage.
4. How about giving your baby a relaxing footbath?
5. Is your home filled with obvious or not-so-obvious tension? If so, change something about the situation (by talking it out with your partner, making a change in the rhythm of the day, and so on).
When the baby’s crying frays your nerves:
1. Accept offers of help, or ask for others’ help, before you reach the end of your rope. You need to renew your strength from time to time to stay sane. If none of your relatives, neighbors or friends can help, consider hiring a family helper for a few hours or days right now.
2. Cuddle a lot with your baby in bed.
3. If you feel tense or aggressive, don’t just swallow these feelings. Find a harmless way to let them out. Perhaps you could stomp your feet, punch a pillow or yell it out (away from your baby, of course). You will certainly feel better afterward. An open discussion about what’s bothering you with someone you trust might help reduce the tension.
4. With your partner, discuss how you both can manage to find some time to “refuel.” A sensual, intuitive massage does the trick for some couples.
Other ways to soothe and pacify your baby:
1. Lay your baby lengthwise on a large cloth or blanket. Hold one end of the blanket securely. While your partner or another person holds the other end, rock the baby. Cradles, hammocks and rocking chairs are also appropriate. As a rule, children love rhythmic movement. Many of them calm down when you put them in the car and drive around the neighborhood.
2. Many babies stop crying spontaneously when they hear their own voices on tape.
3. After being in the protective shell of their mother’s womb, many babies don’t feel comfortable with too much space around them. Your baby may enjoy being swaddled in the first weeks. You can wrap your baby snugly in a cotton blanket, or put your baby in a sling or carrier close to your body.
4. Play soothing music.
5. Babies between three and six months of age may be restless and cry a lot because their teeth are coming in.
6. I have found this tea is good for sleep problems you or your partner may have: Mix ground ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and liquorice in equal parts. Fill the tip of a knife with the mixture and stir into a cup of hot water; let the powder settle a little and drink a few sips.
7. Homeopathic remedies may help your baby with her discomfort.
Consult your doctor before you begin, and consult a homeopath or naturopathic doctor for your baby’s diagnosis. These remedies are commonly used for babies with colic: Colocythis C6, Dioscorea .C6,