Five Natural Remedies for Baby Colic

April 16, 2019
Although you should always ask your pediatrician's advice, the natural properties of these natural remedies can help relieve and reduce the incidence of baby colic.

Baby colic is a cause for concern for many parents. Although it doesn’t usually indicate a serious disorder, the baby’s prolonged and intense crying can be distressing.

This problem is described as vigorous crying that can extend for more than three hours a day and three days a week. It usually begins when a baby is between two to three weeks old.

The exact cause of baby colic is unknown. However, it’s suspected that the air that gets trapped in the abdominal cavity is the culprit.

Most of the time, it disappears when the baby is between four to six months old. However, it can affect older babies as well.

Fortunately, there are several natural remedies whose properties can help calm your child. While it’s important to follow your doctor’s orders, these solutions can be great alternatives.

Read more about them in this article!

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Remedies for Baby Colic

1. Warm compresses

A sleeping baby.

One of the home remedies for baby colic is warm compresses. Applying them to your baby’s abdominal area helps eliminate gases and has a calming effect.

What You’ll Need

  • A towel or absorbent cloth
  • Warm water in a container

What to Do

  • Soak a towel in a container filled with warm water.
  • Then, put the towel on your baby’s tummy.
  • Rub your baby’s tummy with the towel with soft circular motions for three to five minutes.
  • Repeat twice a day to help expel the gases.

Note: Avoid using hot packs or heating pads on infants.

2. Mint Tea

Mint leaves have soothing properties which may help relieve baby colic.

While it isn’t advisable to use them in excess or in the form of essential oil, mint tea is suitable for this problem.

Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon of mint leaves (3 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Pour the mint leaves into a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the drink, let steep for 20 minutes, and strain.

How to Use

  • Give your baby two to three tablespoons of the (warm, not hot) infusion.
  • Repeat two to three times a day if you consider it necessary.

Note: Menthol may be a little strong for infants. Therefore, you shouldn’t overdo it. In case of any adverse reaction, stop using this remedy immediately and consult your doctor.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea.

The antispasmodic and relaxant properties of chamomile can relieve an upset stomach. It’s ideal to help expel gas, one of the main causes of baby colic.

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Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon of chamomile (3 g)
  • ½ a cup of water (125 ml)

Preparation

  • Pour the chamomile into half a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the drink and let steep for 20 minutes.
  • When it’s warm or cool, strain.

How to use

  • Give your baby two tablespoons of this infusion several times a day.

4. A Relaxing Massage

Giving your baby a relaxing massage can help quiet the weeping caused by colic. Gently massaging your baby’s tummy stimulates the expulsion of gases and, in turn, relieves the pain.

What You’ll Need

What to Do

  • Apply several drops of oil on your hands and rub them a little to warm up the oil.
  • Then, massage your baby’s belly in a gentle, circular, clockwise motion.
  • Massage for three to five minutes, until your baby calms down.

5. Fennel Seed Tea

Fennel seed tea.

Another home remedy to relieve colic is natural fennel seed and chamomile tea. Both ingredients have digestive properties that can control gas and stomach discomfort that influence the occurrence of colic.

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Ingredients

  • ½ teaspoon of chamomile (3 g)
  • ½ teaspoon of fennel seeds (3 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

Preparation

  • Add the chamomile and fennel seeds to a cup of boiling water.
  • Cover the drink and let steep for approximately 20 minutes.

How to use

  • When the infusion is warm, give your baby two to three tablespoons of it.
  • Repeat if the discomfort persists.

Note: Limit the intake to a maximum of three times a day.

Colic is normal and can occur for several months. Don’t be alarmed and try to be patient. Remember that it’s recommended to consult your pediatrician before you try these natural remedies.

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