One of the many exhausting things to experience as a new or experienced parent is newborn colic. If you haven’t gone crazy from the lack of sleep, just add some colic and you’ll go completely crazy!
I empathized with anyone who has dealt with a colicky baby.
After the first week of our child waking up screaming bloody murder and wouldn’t stop crying for a good solid hour, I got into researching and we found out about colic.
I found out that there are multiple types of colic.
The baby has some blockage in the digestive tract or has a sluggish digestive tract and therefore will get bloated and gassy. This causes digestive discomfort and the baby will cry it’s head off and make you want to rip your hair out.
Sleeping colic. The child cries and cry and cry until you help the baby go to sleep. Best things to do with this is to take your child and go on a drive or if it is summer then put them in the stroller and go for a walk. I found the Drive to be a better option, that way you don’t have your neighbors looking at you thinking you’re abusing your child.
Things to do:
There are many things that people swear by for helping colicky babies. Some people get gripe water, massage the tummy, putting a warm pack on the tummy, soaking them in a warm bath etc… I want to share with you two other things that are incredible and worked amazingly with my little one.
First: If the mother is breastfeeding then have her make an herbal tea of 2 herbs. Catnip and Red raspberry leafs. (There’s no wrong way to make the tea. Just grab some and put it in a cup and pour hot water over it. Let it sit for 10 min and you’re set.) Mothers need to realize that whatever they eat goes straight to the baby. I would recommend mother to look at her diet and see what she is giving her baby through breast milk. 4 things to avoid are:
1- Processed sugar.
processed sugar is in EVERYTHING. It’s almost impossible to avoid. The crazy thing is if you’re looking on a food label and it says high fructose corn syrup then avoid it. But what’s even crazier is that the food industry is getting even more sneaky! There are over 50 different names for sugar. So my first rule of them is anything that you see on the food label that ends in OSE (lactose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, dextrose etc.. Some of those might not be on labels but I’m just giving you a way to locate sugar on the label.
(milk, cheese, eggs, ice cream, yogurt etc…) Dairy is one of the most mucus causing foods and will cause all sorts of problems with your child. It’s best to quit dairy altogether.
Bread, chips, crackers, pancakes, waffles, doughnuts, graham crackers, etc… I get that this is crazy hard for some people to do. For better, overall health, avoid these 3 foods.
4-This last one is strictly for colic and once the baby is over colic then you can add them back in.
These are broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, garlic, onions, kale, cabbage etc… Once my wife stopped eating those we noticed a huge difference in our child colic. Try and you’ll see.
Second: Our lifesaver formula was a herbal formulation by Dr. Christopher called Kid-E-Colic. It is a vegetable glycerine base formulation with catnip and fennel. We used that multiple times throughout the day and sometimes it worked almost immediately! Catnip is the relaxing herb. It relaxes the spasms in the intestinal tract while the fennel acts as an anti-flatulent herb. It’ll suppress the bloating and help the stomach relax as well.
The reason I didn’t get gripe water is because of the preservatives in it. I’m a health freak and try to avoid giving my child anything processed or that has preservatives. The Dr. Christopher formula has 3 ingredients. Vegetable glycerine, catnip, and fennel. That’s it. And, it worked magic!
If you do have a baby with colic then these steps will be a lifesaver for you!
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