Homeopathy for colic in an infant
Colic in Infants
It is common in babies to go through times when they appear unusually irritated, or cry for no reason. Colic is the worst pain a baby experiences. It usually starts as an acute abdominal pain with intense spasmodic cramping, but since colicky babies cannot explain exactly what bothers them, it is hard for parents to know the exact cause of their distress. Colic is most common during first few weeks to four months after infant's birth; rarely does it continue over six months of age.
If you suspect your baby is suffering from colic, look for child's symptoms as given below:
- Cries for long periods and not responding to efforts to console.
- Cries usually at the same time every day or night
- Usually cries after meals
- Child spits up frequently.
- At time of such condition baby arches back, pulls knees to chest, flails arms and legs, and clenches fists.
- Signs starts and ends abruptly without warning.
- Signs ceases after passing of gas or bowel movement.
- Symptom of gas such as abdominal bloating or hard distended stomach.
- Disrupted sleep patterns of child.
There is no single consistent cause that all doctors agree upon.
- Newborns have an immature digestive system that has never processed food.
- The gastrointestinal system is beginning to learn to function. Muscles that support digestion have not developed the proper rhythm for moving food efficiently though the digestive tract.
- Newborns lack the good bacterial flora (probiotics) that develop over time to help digestion.
- Certain foods eaten by lactating mothers contain volatile chemicals and allergens that pass in small percentage to infant’s results in colic discomfort and upset tummy.
- Infants often take in air while feeding or during continuous crying, which increases gas and bloating, further adding to their discomfort.
- Since infants' nervous systems are so immature, it is possible for them to get burdened with unfamiliar sights and sounds.
- Infants that are easily overloaded often experience more severe colic, irritated, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping later in the day or at night. In general, the more activity (visitors, television, phones, etc.) in baby's daily routine, the higher the chances of baby getting colicky and fussy.
Prevention and cure (Homeopathy)
Colic, and the months of discomfort and sleeplessness that it brings to both infants and parents, can leave one feeling frantic, worried, frustrated, exhausted, confused, inadequate and guilty.
- Foremost, it is essential to build and maintain a loving bond with your infant.
- Homeopathic remedies can be an excellent choice for treating infant colic symptoms. Homeopathy is safe and completely allergy free and also free from side-effects.
- Colic Calm Gripe Water can help in giving relief. The unique homeopathic formula works within minutes, so it is only given on an "as needed" basis. It also works wonders for bloating, stomach cramps, pressure, teething, hiccups and even acid reflux. It is also extremely effective on gas created during introduction of new foods into babies' delicate digestive tracts.
To avoid (Prevention)
- Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) is an alkali (antacid) which alters the naturally occurring pH of baby's stomach acid. It may give some comfort in problem caused by acid reflux in cases of acidic stomach. However, altering the delicate pH balance in baby’s system can cause over-alkalinity and increase a colicky condition.
- Sodium bicarbonate can have unwanted side effects as it is also absorbed into the bloodstream. For this reason, sodium bicarbonate-containing products are not to be consumed by “children below 5 years of age”, as stated clearly on antacid and baking soda boxes.
- Essential Oils and extracts (dill oil, clove oil, fennel extract, ginger extract, etc.) are used by most other gripe water brands. Many experts believe herbal oils and extracts are not to be taken internally by adults, let alone infants. Please be well advised of all possible side effects before giving essential oils to your baby, no matter how little the concentrations.
Remember that babies are adapting to this world and as they grow older, their colic will gradually subside. Their digestive systems will adopt to function well. In the initial three months of life, babies are not well-prepared to calm themselves. Self-calming is a skill that develops slowly over time and at different rates in children.