Almost twenty percent of first born babies develop colic. Though it is not a serious disorder or a sign of negligent parenting, it causes great consternation as there seems to be no apparent reason for the high pitched and continuous crying. The exact cause of colic is unknown.
It may be because of the developing stage of the baby, or some emotions or intolerance to food. Babies who are about six weeks old suffer the most and by the time they reach their third month, they come out of the colicky phase without sustaining any damage to health but while it lasts it is a trying time for the baby as well as the family.
Babies suffering from colic usually cry about the same time everyday. They scream lustily, kicking vigorously and curl up their hands into tight fists. The abdomen appears tight and distended and often the babies pass gas.
5 Herbal Remedies For Colic
Asafetida has been used since time unknown for its powerful medicinal values. This strong herb will bring instant relief in the bout of colic and your baby will stop screaming with pain. Take a good pinch of asafetida powder and add a few drops of water to it to form a thick paste. Apply the paste on the baby’s belly button and the surrounding area. Your baby will expel gas immediately and there will be swift relief in the pain. You can use this remedy whenever your baby’s stomach feels tight and distended.
This gentle herb has innumerable healing and curative powers. Its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are very good for all kinds of stomach problems.
Boil a cup of water and add half a teaspoon of fennel seeds to it. Cover the cup and allow it to stand for one hour. Filter the tea and give one teaspoon of it to your baby every four hours.
This herb is very safe and has tremendous pain relieving qualities. Put a half a teaspoon of dried lemon balm leaves in a cup and pour boiling water over it. Cover the cup and let the tea steep for about an hour. Filter the infusion and give one teaspoon of it to your baby three or four times daily. After administering the first teaspoon, watch for any adverse effects such as coughing, sneezing watery or itchy eyes. If all seems well then you can continue with the next dose.
This herb too is very safe and its powerful medicinal virtues bring instant relief in the pain and gas. Boil a cup of water and add a little less than a quarter teaspoon of ajwain to it.
Steep for half an hour after which strain the infusion and add half a teaspoon of honey to it. Give one teaspoon of this mixture to your baby three times daily. Your baby will be rid of the colic very soon.
Make an infusion with half a teaspoon of dried chamomile and one cup of boiling water. After an hour, when the tea has cooled completely, filter it and give half a teaspoon of it to your baby.
Caution: Please use Home Remedies after Proper Research and Guidance. You accept that you are following any advice at your own risk and will properly research or consult healthcare professional.