How To Help Your Baby’S Pain Naturally

It is perfectly normal for babies to cry and fuss for a few weeks at a specific time of day each day -- I call this “witching hour” in my house. But if your baby’s cries intensify and persist beyond what you feel is normal or if you are feeling overwhelmed and worn out, consult your child’s physician to see if your baby has colic. Colic is not an easy experience for baby or mom and dad. Here are some tips and changes to implement into your daily routine.

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What is colic?

Colic develops between the second and fourth week in one-fifth of all babies. Colic causes babies to cry or scream in pain while moving their legs and passing gas. Another sign of colic is an enlarged stomach in conjunction with the crying. A colic cry is usually inconsolable and can happen at any time of day but typically in the early evening.

Natural ways to help colic

Infant massage

Massaging and lightly touching your child’s skin can help soothe them and help with colic -- especially when you perform a light belly massage.

Warm compress

Products like the Happi Tummi wrap and secure around your infant’s stomach. When warmed, the light heat can help aid in digestion and soothe a sore tummy. Depending on the baby, swaddling can also be a great way to soothe a fussy baby.

Movement

I don’t know about you, but when I have an upset tummy, the last thing I want to do is lie still for an extended period of time. Gentle movement from a stroller, swing, vibrating lounger or baby carrier can help soothe a colicky baby from time to time.

Probiotics and herbs

Consult your child’s doctor to see if he or she thinks your child could benefit from probiotics and/or herbal remedies.

Feeding tips for colicky babies

Call your child’s doctor if you suspect your child is in pain or needs a change in his or her feeding patterns.

  • Don't overfeed your baby.
  • Burping your baby frequently between feedings can help reduce gas.
  • If you are breastfeeding, eliminate allergenic foods one by one to rule out any possible causes. (Milk, wheat, eggs, etc.)
  • If you are formula feeding, ask your doctor about switching to a hypoallergenic formula.
  • Invest in baby bottles proven to be better for colicky babies.

More on colic

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