CAUSES – From immature digestive systems, to allergies, to hormones in breast milk, researchers do not know exactly what causes colic.
TREATMENT – At present, there is no cure for colic, but there are a few home remedies one can use to help comfort a baby suffering with colic. Herbal teas containing carminative oil can help reduce inflammation in the bowels and lessen gas production. Herbal teas with chamomile and peppermint are also helpful. If a baby is use to a pacifier, give it to them. Also, continual motion such as walking or rocking the baby will bring comfort.
PREVENTION – Colic is unpreventable. But there are things one can do to lessen the frequency, such as:
- Feed smaller amounts of food and burp often
- Feed the baby slowly to prevent swallowing of air
- Try a formula free of cow’s milk if bottle feeding
- Eliminate caffeinated drinks and cabbage family vegetables from your diet