COLIC

ESSENTIAL OILS

Fennel. Contains mild laxative-like effects.69

Peppermint. Gives a cooling sensation and has a calming effect on the body.

Chamomile (German or Roman). Slight muscle relaxant with mild sedative properties.70

Ginger. Known to help ease stomach and digestive issues.

 
Research
Researchers found that fennel seed oil can reduce pain and increase motility in the small intestine, making it an excellent natural remedy for colic

Home Remedy
Colic Tummy Rub. Mix 1 to 2 drops of fennel, peppermint and chamomile with a carrier oil, and apply the mixture to the infant’s stomach with gentle circular rubbing.

Background
Colic is not a disease but a combination of baffling behaviors in an otherwise healthy baby. Occurring in one out of five infants, the true definition of colic follows the “rule of three:” The baby’s crying starts at around three weeks old, lasts more than three hours at a stretch, occurs at least three days a week and persists for at least three weeks in a row. It usually starts a few weeks after birth and often improves by the age of three months. Underlying causes of colic are not fully understood, but some experts believe colic manifests due to an immature digestive system, infant acid reflux, food allergies or sensitivity or tobacco exposure. It is generally less common in breastfed babies.

Suggested Supplements 

» Infant Probiotic. Can help the baby break down hard-to- digest food.

» Natural Formula. If you use formula, switch to a goat- or coconut-based blend, or try a predigested organic milk protein formula.