A colicky child maybe every mom’s worst nightmare. But rather than have tempers flaring and frustration gets out of hand, it is important to understand what causes colic. Colic is a term used to describe uncontrollable crying in infants. Colic is not a disease and will subside when the baby turns about four months of age. Loud, high pitched crying episodes that start and stop roughly around the same time are characteristic of colic.
Colicky babies may also display symptoms of gassy tummies caused by the baby swallowing excessive air during colic episodes.
Symptoms of colic include
- Cry for what seems like no reason — even when she/he doesn’t need to eat or have her diaper changed
- Start to cry in the evening, or at the same time every day
- Make sounds that are more intense than normal — more like a high-pitched scream than a cry
- Not be soothed, even when you feed or rock her
- Have a bloated tummy
- Have a red, flushed face when she cries
- Pass gas while she sheds tears, often because she’s swallowed air
- Tighten her stomach muscles
My baby and I suffered through a colic phase and I clearly remember how I used to dread the evening hours when my daughter would just go into this intense crying mode.
Apart from giving a few drops of medicine advised by my doctor, I followed these simple home remedies for colic that helped us get through this phase and made thing easier when she would cry helplessly. Once again these are all tried and tested home remedies that worked for my child. Please make sure to check with your doctor before giving any of these to your little one.
1. Saunf or Fennel Seeds
Mostly eaten as a mukhwas or mouth freshener, saunf is an antioxidant that helps in keeping our digestive system on track. Boil 2 tbsp of fennel seeds or saunf in a glass of water. Add some jaggery to sweeten it up a bit. This will help relieve gas in babies. Even new moms are advised to drink a small glass of this magic potion after meals to pass on the digestive properties of saunf to their child while breastfeeding.
2. Castor Oil
I know the thought of gulping oil sounds awful, but just a teaspoon of warm oil given before feeds to your baby will help prevent gas formation in the stomach.
3. Hing or Asafoetida
Apply a pinch of hing mixed in a tbsp of hot water to your child’s belly. use the paste at least 2 to 3 times a day.
4. Ajwain or Carom Seeds
If you are breastfeeding, including a lot of Ajwain in your diet, it is one of the best ways to ease colic in your baby. In India, most common post-pregnancy care for a new mom includes Ajwain kadha made by boiling 2 tbsp of ajwain in a glass of water, with jaggery as a sweetener. You can also give 2 teaspoons of this water to your infant 2 to 3 times a day to ease colic.
5. Warm Towel Pack
Rub some warm olive oil in your palms and gently massage the baby’s tummy and feet. This helps to prevent gas and helps baby sleep peacefully.
7. Jeera or Cumin Seeds
Something all doctors, grandmoms, moms or fellow moms advise every new- mom is to ensure to burp the baby after every feed, this is till they learn to sit up on their own. A simple way to release gas in infants.
10. Grandmom's Recipe For Colic
This is a tried and tested recipe my mother in law made and I would give my babies.
These remedies are not found in any medical journal but have been passed down by generations of moms and grandmoms. As mentioned before I have personally tried these on my baby during our struggle with colic. Good luck from one Mom to another!
If you have suggestions ot tips that worked for your baby, talk to us in the comments below. We will definitely share them with other parents as well.
Note: Kidsstoppress does not take any responsibility for actions, mishaps and these are only recommendations by a fellow mom.