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How to Treat Baby Colic Naturally

By Martha Sanders


Ask any mom whose baby has suffered from colic, she can tell you that colic is the one of the most unbearable experiences ever. According to the American Heritage Dictionary Online, colic is severe abdominal pain caused by spasm, obstruction, or distention of any of the hollow viscera, such as the intestines; or a condition of unknown cause seen in infants less than three months old, marked by periods of inconsolable crying lasting for hours at a time for at least three weeks.


In short, baby colic is caused by painful gas bubbles. Nothing can be more painful than seeing your baby in pain and finding quick solutions to treat baby colic becomes a top priority. Read on to find out what effective natural remedies for baby colic other moms used.


What You Can Do to Relieve Baby’s Colic


1. Music or Sound

Many moms have success with soft background music or sound. Not only it will soothe the baby, it also helps calm panicky moms. Traditional lullabies, a gentle "shh"ing whisper in your baby's ear, humming or singing relaxes a baby with colic and when combined with the movement of a rocker or baby swing, it worked like magic.


Another mom discovered that if she would put her baby in a baby seat and place it on top of a running washing machine, the combination of sound and vibration worked well to settle a colicky crying baby.




2. Diet

Generally speaking, a bottle-fed baby with colic may show improvement if switched to a different formula, such as soy. Also, try changing to a bottle that is curved or has disposable liners that actually collapse as they are emptied.


Avoid overfeeding and keep to a regular feeding schedule and routine. Burping your baby after before, after and even during  feedings may help to reduce extra gas.


Breastfeeding moms should pay close attention to their own diet to make sure that babies do not have negative reactions to certain foods.


Eliminate spicy or gas-producing foods such as broccoli, onions, cauliflower, beans, cabbage, peppers and tomatoes from you diet. You might also want to avoid caffeine, diary and peanuts.




3. Warmth Bath or Massage on the Tummy

Prepare a warm bath and add a few drops of lavender, and gently massage your baby's tummy to relieve painful trapped gas.


Alternatively, you may try massaging your baby's tummy in a clockwise motion with a little a little almond oil or any massage oils specifically designed for baby massage.




4. Holding or Swaddling

Most babies are often soothed when swaddled since they are reminded of the comfort and safety of a mother's womb.


Swaddling is done by wrapping a small stretchy blanket firmly, but not too tightly, around his body. Or, you can hold your baby close against your chest and heartbeat.




5. Motion

Walking, rocking and movement are effective baby colic solutions. Rocking your baby in your arms while cradling him and going up and down your toes is all it takes to provide relief.


Some moms found that the baby swing, the rocking chair, the stroller or a drive in car until the baby falls asleep, also helped baby colic.




6. Gripe Water

If you want to use gripe water for quick relief, make sure to check the ingredients before you purchase since many claim to be natural but actually contain artificial and preservatives. ColicCalm is very effective and safe, and can be purchased online.


Many moms also find that chamomile and fennel tea helps cure their baby's colic pain. To make this natural home remedy for colic, prepare chamomile or fennel tea in half cup of water, and allow it cool to room temperature before you spoon feed it to your baby.


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