Nothing is more difficult for a new mom and dad than a baby with colic. You dream of the quiet evenings rocking a peaceful baby to sleep, and instead you have a squirming, screaming newborn who just can’t get calm and comfortable. Thankfully, there are ways to help colicky babies find some peace, giving mom and dad a chance to enjoy their little bundle.
My first bit of advice is to pick up The Happiest Baby on the Block, a book by Dr. Harvey Karp. If you can’t fathom reading through a book right now (and who would blame you?) there is a DVD as well. Dr. Karp helps parents learn how to swaddle their babies and comfort them, giving them the sense that they’re still in the womb, a place he says newborns miss. My son didn’t have colic, but we did swaddle him and use Dr. Karp’s techniques after a kind doctor in the hospital where I delivered highly recommended the book. Amazing information there for new parents.
Homeopathic tablets are very safe, and many parents find them quite effective. I’ve blogged about using the tablets for teething, and around here we still do. But there are homeopathic tablets for colic as well. Check your health food store or a pharmacy. I’m seeing homeopathic remedies in more pharmacies all the time.
Steep one teaspoon chamomile (dried) and 1 teaspoon fennel seed in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes, covered. Add about 1/2 Tbs. of the well-strained tea to your baby’s formula or some pumped breastmilk. You can use this up to three times a day if needed.
If you want to get a little more complex about your remedies, here is a seed tea mixture to try: Mix together 2 Tbs. each of dill seeds, fennel seeds, and anise seeds. To that mixture, add 2 Tbs. catnip and 2 Tbs. chamomile which helps to relax the baby. Add 1 tsp. of your herb mixture to a cup of boiling water and cover it to steep for about 15 minutes. Strain out the herb very well and mix some with an equal amount of water. Give the baby some of this diluted tea from a bottle between feedings (just a few swallows).
Remember, I’m not a certified herbalist. I’m a mom who has spent a lot of time researching herbs and natural remedies through the best resources I can find, because I’m just as concerned as you are about over-the-counter medications, etc. Always double-check with your pediatrician, and if you can find a trusted homeopathic doctor or herbalist, consult with them as well.