With infants, crying is just part of the whole wonderful package. But what if nothing seems to comfort your baby and he never seems to stop crying? If you suspect colic, then you’re not alone: 40% to 70% of infants have colic, it’s thought. It’s an ancient problem with thousands of home-grown solutions. Unfortunately by the time you find the one that works on your baby, he’ll be a toddler already! We’ve distilled the list of colic cures into just a few of the best home remedies for moms. Try these – they’ve worked for thousands of parents already so we’re pretty sure you’ll have a happy baby in no time.
What is Colic?
First of all, colic isn’t a disease or a sickness. It’s simply a condition where a baby just feels bad and cries a lot and gets gassy. Doctors haven’t yet pinpointed why colic occurs. They’re equally unsure about why it stops around 3 or 4 months of age. Whatever the case may be, it’s not cause for alarm. Your baby is fine.
What are the Symptoms of Colic?
- crying for more than 3 hours a day
- crying that much for more than 3 days a week, for 3 weeks in a row
- passing gas
- baby just seems unable to be soothed
- sometime the baby has a swollen belly due to the gas
What are the Causes of Colic?
Like we said above, Doctors don’t really know the causes of clic. However, certain things seem to run parallel to colic situations. These would be things related to the digestive system and eating.
- eating too much or too little
- swallowing air
- eating to quickly
- eating hard food too early (earlier than 4 months)
- having an allergic reaction to formula or something in breast milk
Reliable Home Remedies for Colic
Like many things (mono, for example), colic is usually something you live through until it works itself out. In the meantime, there are some proven things you can try, so both you and baby survive the “colicky” phase. Here are the best of the best reliable home remedies for colic:
1. Rock-a-bye-baby. Rock your baby to soothe him or her. Stay relaxed yourself, in order to help your baby stay relaxed. The rocking motion should help gas to escape, too.
2. Warm Towel. Place a warm towel on your baby’s abdomen. This is said to help gas pass, too.
3. If you’re driving somewhere, take your baby. For some reason, riding in a car helps colicky babies! This may only be a distraction, however. Hopefully by the time you get back home the discomfort will have passed.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive, gas-guzzling car ride, however. Taking a stroll can work, too.
4. Burp your baby after every feeding. Helps with gas problems: lay your baby on your shoulder and rub his or her back.
5. Massage. This home remedy for colic is a nice thing to do anyway. It will help move gas around, too. Use a nice oil like coconut or jojoba on your baby’s tummy.
6. Ginger. This is a stomach-settling ingredient for adults, too. Only give ginger to an infant that’s over 5 months.