Home remedies for colic pain in babies
"Colic" refers to when a newborn baby cries for an extended period of time without any apparent cause. During the first six weeks of life, it is most typical. By the age of three to four months, it typically disappears on its own. It may affect up to 1 in 4 newborn infants. Babies who experience colic pain frequently are fussy, gassy, and have trouble sleeping. However, kids often grow and put on weight normally.
Colic is characterized by a baby's crying:
- More than three hours every day.
- More than three days a week.
- For more than three weeks.
The first signs of a case of colic are frequently loud, typically incessant weeping. For parents, this excessive crying that never stops can be incredibly upsetting.
In Ayurveda "Colic" is the term for pain in and around the navel. Constipation is typically connected with it. Infants have developing bodies with new tissue, and their Agni (digestive fire) is moderate or low. This implies that neither the mother's food nor the formula they are fed can be completely digested by them. As a result, the mother needs to watch what she eats extremely carefully when breastfeeding. According to Ayurveda, colic discomfort is brought on by vayu's aggravated state.
Colicky sobbing sounds more intense, louder, and high-pitched than typical crying does. It can be quite difficult to soothe newborns who experience colic pains.
Colic in babies can cause symptoms like:
- Frequent burping or gaseousness. This is probably a result of sobbing while swallowing air. It does not result in colic.
- Having a flushed, bright red face.
- Having a flat stomach.
- When they cry, they curl their legs up against their stomach.
- They squeezed their fists while sobbing.
- Massage with mustard oil: Our elders frequently tell us how important it is to massage the newborn. Through oral traditions dating back to the Ayurvedic era, this information has been passed on. A warm mustard oil massage can relieve gas issues and colic pain. This enhances blood flow and promotes physical activity, which helps the body release gas.
- Warm Bath- Both taking a warm bath and drinking warm water are helpful for treating a baby's gas problem. It relieves their discomfort, releases gas that has become trapped in their stomach, eases stomach pain, and helps them feel more at ease.
- The exercise of cycling: To get the baby moving and help them expel any trapped gas in their stomach, practice some simple movements with their hands and legs. The discomfort can be reduced by gently massaging the back and moving the affected areas of the body.
- Asafetida: It is a strong herbal extract that helps children with irritable colic discomfort because of its antibacterial and antiseptic qualities. As babies cannot receive it orally, the pain can be reduced by massaging them with oil containing asafoetida.
- Probiotics in food: Colic may result from gas, a slow digestive system, or acid reflux. Colic has been successfully treated using a specific strain of probiotic known as Lactobacillus reuteri. It lessens gut inflammation, eliminates germs, and prevents the growth of E. coli bacteria, which is more prevalent in colic-affected babies than in colic-unaffected babies.
- Gripe Water: It is made entirely of natural ingredients and is well known for relieving colic. Usually, chamomile, fennel, ginger, and lemon balm are included in the water mixture. Make sure that the water you purchase is entirely natural and free of preservatives. Additionally, ask your doctor for ideas on preservative-free ice water.
Taking these few steps will immensely help in reducing colic pain.