Natural Herbal Remedies for Infant Colic
There may not be a scientific explanation but even before science looked into the possible causes of this very stressful condition there were mothers who treated their infants with a great deal of success.
Traditionally, i.e. non-medically speaking, colic has been associated with the development of the digestive tract. It is no coincidence that the pain the infant experiences eases at approximately 3 months of age. The same time the digestive system has had time to mature. From around the same age baby starts moving a lot more too, this too can help break up built up gases in the digestive tract.
Colic is a condition which almost every newborn baby goes through as well as the new parents. It is something which many babies experience during their first 2-3months and the medical world has yet to find a solution for this common and often stressful illness. Colic is not classed as a medical syndrome, a digestive malfunction or an illness. It is actually defined as a simple cycle where the baby cries for more than four hours a day at least 4-5 times a week but more commonly everyday. Although colic is something which generally stops around the 6 month period, it does take a lot out of you and your baby.
Of course there are very real conditions which are sometimes mistaken as colic. Some reflux conditions and disorders involving the stomach lining can be excruciating for those little bodies and the only way they have of telling us is by screaming. Please consult your doctor with any problems your baby encounters. Once baby has been cleared of any serious conditions and you still have problems with colic you might wish to try some of the remedies that have been successfully used by mothers over the ages.
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Chamomile is often cited to be one of the safest and gentlest herbs to give small children with stomach discomfort. It can be given in small amounts to infants who are experiencing colic by adding a minute amount to baby’s bottle or have the mother drink a cup of Chamomile tea 3 times a day and it will get into the breast milk that way.
Fennel tea is also a great option for babies with colic as it does temporarily eases any pain they may be experiencing in their abdominal area. For mothers, it is a great idea to drink the fennel tea yourself about an hour before it is time to breast feed. This makes it safe and easy for your colicy baby to digest the necessary nutrients and healing components through your own body instead of any other forms of intake.
Dill Seed tea is also a very gentle option to help with digestion and gas.
Although herbal methods are incredibly natural and safe, when you are treating an infant it becomes important to find the safest ways to intake these herbs and of course the answer is through the mother’s breast milk.
If you are not a breastfeeding mother you can still use herbal remedies and although you can probably work out your own dosages, Herbology suggests that you may want to ask a qualified herbalist about dosages that are safe to put into baby formula/milk so that you don’t give too much too soon.
Science and some of the old ways disagree on the cause of colic or even it’s very definition. Modern medicine has no cure, but then the old ways say that it is not something that needs curing, it is a natural part of baby’s development. We can however ease the pain, stress and emotional drain that baby and parents suffer during those first few months. There are many herbal and natural ways to soothe your baby and ease their pain. These include herbal remedies, gentle abdominal massage and applying some dilute oils to the skin of the baby. Of course those same methods can ease mum and dad’s suffering as well.
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