Colic in infants is that prolonged crying periods. If your baby cries continuously for days, the changes to have colic are very high. Babies suffering from colic also tend to arch up their backs and draw back their knees while crying. Their abdominal muscles are usually tense, and the baby might pass an excess of wind.
Colic usually starts when a baby is a 2-3 week old and goes away by the time the baby is 4- 6 months. The exact causes of colic are not known, but it might be caused due to gas or indigestion. Many also wonder if some babies might be intolerant toward substances in mother’s milk.
At least that’s what doctors say. I remember suffering near my baby when I saw him in pain and struggling with colic. I was helpless! I tried medicines, but the crying was still there. Some of the medicines prescribed by doctors really work, alleviating the pain, but do you really want to give your infant drugs from such a fragile age? I don’t! So, I tried natural remedies, of course after consulting with the pediatrician.
Give your baby a warm bath so that they can relieve some tension and it also distracts them from the pain if any.
- Fill the bathtub with some warm water.
- While your baby lies in the bath gently massage the abdomen to help relieve any gas.
A warm compress provides some relief from trapped gas and provides a soothing effect.
- Dip a towel in warm water and squeeze out the excess water.
- Place the cloth on baby’s tummy; you can also gently rub on the tummy.
Massages are extremely soothing for your baby and also aid in proper digestion.
- Olive oil or coconut oil can be rubbed between your palms to warm it up.
- Massage baby’s entire body with this oil and rub it on the tummy in clockwise movements.
Make it a point to ensure that your baby has burped after every feed. To do this:
- Hold your baby upright against your shoulder.
- Support the neck and head of the child with your hands.
- Either rub or gently tap on their back until the infant burps.
The baby will stop crying if you carry him around and talk and play with him. Also, if you do some simple knee exercises will relieve gas in the baby:
- Place the baby on his back.
- Hold the baby’s knees together and gently push the legs back towards the tummy.
- Hold the legs this way for a few seconds.
- You can do this exercise even while massaging the baby.
- Do not persist if the baby offers a lot of resistance.
Basil leaves contain eugenol which has antispasmodic properties.
- Take a few basil leaves and add it to water.
- Bring it to a boil and cool it down.
- Give your baby a few teaspoons to drink.
- Alternatively, make a paste of the leaves and apply around the navel, keep it on till it dries and then remove with water and a cloth.
Gentle tummy massages can also help ease colic.
- Using one hand, apply a little pressure on your baby’s abdomen.
- Start from below the ribs to the top of the hips.
- Holding your child’s ankles, bring his/her knees to the abdomen and hold them for a few seconds.
- Rotate your infant’s knees gently in the clockwise direction over the stomach.
- This eases an aching tummy and also helps pass gas.