Once my daughter couldn’t stop crying and I tried to comfort her by all possible means. But she didn’t calm down. Generally, she was always happy and smiling baby, so I was worried and decided to take her to the doctor. The paediatrician diagnosed the reason for her crying as colic – A sharp pain in the intestine of the baby. It was new to me and I was worried how and when it will be cured as it was causing trouble to my little one.As a mother I was too worried for my little munchkin.There were so many doubts in my mind, about the colic I asked the doctor the following questions: “ What is it? Why does it happen? Can it be avoided?
The doctor tole me ,it’s not a serious illness or inadequate parenting. Its very common problem in young babies and it goes away with the time.Colicky babies cry because of pain and the colic cry sounds like a cry of pain and is intense, high-pitched, and continuous.The exact cause of colic is not known, although many possible causes have been suggested like baby’s developmental stage, emotions, and food intolerance are among them. It is also said that the baby’s body position of lying down on the back all the time and restricted movements’ causes indigestion and colic.
My baby suffered this colic problem a few times afterwards also. That is when I talked with many fellow mommies and friends for finding out ways of relieving colic. Then I came to know that many parents like me have encountered colicky babies. Generally, when babies get 3-4 months old they get on their tummy/ start crawling /moving forward and these movements help to resolve colic problem naturally. But if the baby has colic before two weeks of age, has colic beyond 3-4 months of age or has diarrhoea or fever along with colic and doesn’t stop crying doctor’s immediate intervention is necessary. Following is the important information, tips for sotthing colicky baby.
Tips and remedies for soothing baby with colic:
1. Do not overfeed
Overfeeding may cause extra load on the small tummy of the baby. And eventually, it may lead to stomach gases, colic. For avoiding it make a regular feeding schedule of timing and amount of milk taken, as measured in ounces in the bottle-fed baby or in minutes on the breast in the breastfed baby. Feed after particular and decided interval only. Many times it happens that when babies don’t stop crying or cranky then they breastfed or bottle fed.B ut try to avoid frequent nursing or in between feeding of these decided time intervals.
2. Formula milk
If the baby is on formula milk feeding always follows all instructions on pack carefully. Take exact amount of formula milk powder and water proportion for making formula milk. Disproportion may lead to colic.
3. Breastfeeding mommy’s diet
Breastfeeding mommy should take care of diet and lifestyle. As some foods like dairy products, caffeine, onions, potato, beans, broccoli, all-purpose flour are heavy to digest and gas-producing foods. In some cases by including these foods in diet mother on breastfeeding may have stomach gases and eventually baby has colic. So just try eating these foods and watch for baby’s symptoms. If everything is ok then the mother can continue taking these foods. Include more fresh vegetables and fruits in mommy’s diet.
Mommy on breastfeeding should drink more water to keep herself properly hyderated.
Eat Methi (Fenugreek seeds) in 1 teaspoon Washed and soaked overnight early morning.
Eating 1 teaspoon of Fennel seeds, 1/4 teaspoon of carom seeds every day also helps.
4. If the baby is more than 3 months old and is taking fruit juices, then the juice should be diluted with water. Pure fruit juice might be hard to digest.
Home remedies for relieving colic pain
1.A warm towel technique
How to do : Dip the soft cotton towel in warm water and place in on the abdomen of a baby. The warm towel helps to give comfort and can assist gas movement.
how to do: Walking the baby in a with his legs drawn up and pressure off of babies belly also helps. Carefully place baby in the baby sling and wear it. There will be pressure on baby’s tummy as it touches parent’s tummy. Or just put the baby on your lap such that baby’s tummy on parent’s lap and gently massage babies back.
How to do : Wrap the baby firmly in a comfortable soft cotton blanket /cloth so that movements of the limbs should get restricted. Swaddling is very widely used for comforting baby having colic. But swaddling is prohibited by some doctors. So the doctor’s suggestion is necessary for swaddling. Ask your health care provider before trying swaddling.
How to do: Rocking chair for baby is helpful for rocking baby or also gently rocking baby on parents /caregivers lap helps. By taking the baby on lap makes her comfortable and calm and as her stomach gets pressed it helps to pass stomach gases. Thus it relieves pain and colic.
How to do: Massage baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction with any baby oil. Also, massage baby’s chest from centre to the outward direction. By massaging, gases will pass if any and stomach pain will be relieved. Regular massaging to your baby helps to improve her digestion.