If you think your baby might be colicky, the first thing to do is be sure she actually is. Though the condition’s origins are kind of fuzzy, colic’s symptoms are well defined: colic is characterized by crying in a baby that lasts longer than 3 hours a day. Usually, the crying begins at the same time each day, and has to do with indigestion. While the behavior can be a great stressor on babies and parents alike, there are a few things you can do to get through your baby’s colicky phase.
Avoid Possible Triggers
Pay attention to your baby’s behavior, and try to figure out if anything in particular triggers colicky fits. The wrong formula could set some babies off. The mother’s diet can, too, if the baby is breastfeeding: stimulants and dairy products in particular can spark allergic reactions in infants. Two other possible colic triggers are overfeeding and medicine passed to the baby through breast milk. To see if any of these are the culprit, try switching baby formulas, your own diet, and the amount of milk your baby takes in during one feeding. Make sure to ask your doctor if any medications you’re taking could be upsetting your infant.
Give Your Baby Gripe Water
Gripe Water may help reduce your baby’s discomfort. It’s an all-natural supplement that both provides relief from gas and helps reduce fussiness. Pediatrician-recommended, Gripe Water contains no gluten, starch, or dairy, and is 100% vegetarian and vegan. It does contain organic ginger and fennel, two ingredients that can soothe the digestive system.
Try Sound and Motion
Movement and soft noise may help calm colicky babies down. Gently carrying your baby around, sitting with him in a rocking chair, or pushing him in a stroller can all help. Likewise, benign and consistent sounds—from sources like white-noise machines, fans, or dryers—may also comfort colic-stricken infants.
Use Sleep Patterns
Don’t forget an often-overlooked tactic in the fight against colic: making sure your baby has a consistent bedtime. Though babies aren’t likely to put up with an overly constrictive sleeping routine, putting them in a dark, soothing room at the same time every night can create a calming routine. Overly long naps—lasting longer than three hours—during the day can disrupt sleep at night, so consider cutting back on your baby’s nap time to improve her overall quality of rest.
Though it can be a challenge, one of the best ways to calm your baby down and get through colicky fits is to stay calm yourself. Babies mimic their parents’ moods, and a parent’s stress can exacerbate a baby’s. So make sure you get enough rest to keep yourself in good spirits. Consider recruiting a sitter or family member to watch the baby for awhile, giving yourself a break. Even stepping away for just a few minutes can help both you and your baby. And any time you’re feeling truly overwhelmed, just remember that all babies get over colic eventually, usually by 4 months of age.
Are you spending late nights pacing around the house, bouncing your baby gently up and down while humming and doing a jig? You must have a colicky baby! It may seem like you will never get a good night’s sleep—or even a moment to enjoy your favorite new TV show—without a baby screeching in your ear, but hope is in sight. There are some tips and tricks you can try to relieve your gassy baby, especially if you’ve already tried the old standby, burping, to no avail.
Why is Your Baby Gassy?
Gas can make your infant very uncomfortable and fussy. Those air bubbles your little one swallows can easily get trapped in her belly, leading to a buildup of pressure. The only way to relieve that gas is to pass it, and boy will your baby do just that! On average, your baby will pass gas between 13 and 21 times a day. When your baby can’t readily get rid of that trapped air, she may start to become fussy, characterized by lots of crying and squirming. Gas can be caused by any number of things, from swallowing too much air and crying to bottle or breast feeding and even sucking on a pacifier. You’ll know your baby is experiencing discomfort due to bloating and burping, cramping, crying, straining and ultimately passing gas.
Tips and Tricks
If your baby is fussy and gassy but is having trouble passing the gas himself, there are some tips and tricks to help him out. Take your baby on a bicycle ride—no, not on a real bike, but rather in your living room. Place your baby on a blanket on the floor, then take his legs and pump them gently back and forth to work out the gas. Infant massage is another popular option, as is giving him plenty of tummy time and taking a warm, bubbly bath, all of which will help your baby pass the gas that’s causing him discomfort.
When feeding your baby, check that his head is higher than his stomach so the milk gets to the bottom of his belly quicker and the air stays close to the top. This type of gas is easiest to get out through burping. Since gas bubbles form most often from the gulping of air, use a slow-flow nipple if you find your baby is sucking down his bottle like there’s no tomorrow. Try burping your baby after each feeding, even if he doesn’t always give you one.
You may also want to experiment with different foods. Cut out fruit juice, which your little one’s body has a hard time processing. Nix the caffeine in your diet if you’re breastfeeding, and if you’re bottle feeding, switch brands of formula and see if that helps. There are also products on the market specifically to help soothe gassy babies. Make sure to choose products which use all-natural ingredients, like those from Mommy’s Bliss. Gripe water is a gentle liquid formula designed to help baby pass gas and calm bouts of hiccups and teething, and it could be just the thing for your fussy baby.
The good news is, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. Your baby is constantly growing and developing, and will likely grow out of her gassy stage before you know it.
Crying is a baby’s way of letting us know something is wrong. When the crying becomes excessive and lasts for longer than three hours a day, however, this may be a sign that you have a colicky baby on your hands. When dealing with a colic, mothers suffer just as much as their little ones; calming a seemingly inconsolable infant can be frustrating, and mothers will do anything to soothe symptoms, even if it means staying up all hours of the night. Whether you are new to motherhood or you are already a mother of four, it can be hard to know exactly what to do when colic strikes. Luckily, there are some easy solutions to help ease your baby’s pain and discomfort, and help bring bliss back into the home!
White noise: Sometimes, all it takes to soothe a colicky infant is a little bit of white noise. The most popular white noise used to relax a baby during colicky periods is the vacuum; however a white noise machine, a recorded heartbeat, the shower or other household appliances have also been effective.
Massage and swaddle: Some soothing contact can change a baby’s whole mood. Try massaging them gently, or wrapping them tightly in a blanket to provide a safe, relaxing environment similar to the snug feeling your baby was used to inside the womb. Likewise, holding the baby will provide a similar feeling, and if one position does not work, try shifting to another.
Ease a gassy tummy: Colicky babies tend to swallow air while crying, which can result in painful gassiness. Try a natural supplement, gripe water or antigas drops containing herbs such as ginger, dill or fennel, which settle the stomach and help relax cramping muscles, while also being safe for your baby.
Keep an eye on baby’s diet: Intolerance to certain foods or ingredients may upset your baby and cause tummy troubles as well. If you are breastfeeding, try switching out certain foods from your diet to see how your baby reacts. If your baby is on formula, it may be beneficial to switch to one with different ingredients – just be sure to talk to your baby’s doctor before making any significant dietary changes.
Roshan Kaderali is a Registered Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Lactation Educator and founder of Mommy’s Bliss. Working with an FDA-registered current good manufacturing practice laboratory, she developed the first all-natural gripe water for the American Market.
It’s perfectly normal for a baby to have gas. Babies eat almost constantly, so their digestive systems are constantly producing gas. What often catches new parents off-guard is how much gas a baby can have and how fussy it can make them. Babies obviously cannot tell us when their tummies are uncomfortable—they simply cry and fuss until they feel better. Since a baby’s usual response is to cry and fuss whenever anything is bothering them, finding out that gas is the problem can be tough for some parents, as is finding ways to relieve the symptoms. Fortunately, between time-tested physical remedies and over-the-counter products such as gripe water, gas doesn’t have to be a problem for your baby.
What Causes Gas in Babies?
Gas is usually caused by swallowed air and the normal digestion of food. This is true for people of all ages, but babies tend to be gassier than adults; they swallow more air, since they cry a lot more than adults, and they often have a harder time passing gas on their own. Gas is completely normal for a baby, and it is rare that it becomes a serious problem. Even though they may be fussy, babies may not even be as uncomfortable as they seem. They may appear distressed during bouts of gas, but this is normal and, as long as it’s temporary, nothing to be concerned about.
Gas Relief for Little Ones
This doesn’t mean that you cannot help relieve a baby who is fussy and uncomfortable because of gas. Some common remedies for soothing babies include feeding them in a different position, so that the head is higher than the stomach, bouncing the baby gently on your knee, rubbing the stomach in a circular motion and pumping the legs while the baby lies on their back as if they were riding a bike.
There are also a number of over-the-counter products to help relieve the discomfort your baby may experience. One common product is gripe water. Gripe water is a solution of dill and other herbs mixed with water. It’s an all-natural supplement that is often used to relieve gas and treat colic, a condition often mistaken for gas in which a baby cries for more than three hours a day for at least three days a week. You can find gripe water and other helpful products at www.mommysbliss.com.
Although the distress a baby displays when she is passing gas can be alarming to parents who aren’t ready for it, it is completely normal. All babies get gassy from time to time, usually much more frequently than adults and older children. Most of the time, babies and their parents can just wait it out until it passes, but the tips above should help you when your baby starts to feel uncomfortable.
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For colicky babies, gripe water is a natural, soothing supplement that helps ease gas and stomach discomfort, as well as other discomfort often associated with gas, hiccups and teething. Colic generally occurs in babies between two to four weeks old and it can last until three or four months old; it’s sometimes referred to as persistent crying and it occurs in babies who are otherwise generally healthy.
Excessive crying even though your baby is otherwise healthy and feeding well
Your baby experiences intense crying episodes and is inconsolable
Your baby arches his/her back while crying, or pulls his/her legs up toward the chest
Your baby cries excessively at the same time every day, generally in the late afternoon or evening
It’s easy for parents to feel overwhelmed, worried and frustrated about soothing their crying babies. Mommy’s Bliss gripe wateroffers all-natural herbal relief in liquid form to soothe your baby’s discomfort and it’s also pediatrician recommended. Parents who are hesitant about giving their babies medicines that contain unnatural additives or harsh chemicals need not worry because our gripe water is made from organic ginger and fennel, contains no artificial colors or flavors and is 100% vegetarian and vegan.
Colic can be extremely persistent and there may be times where your baby will cry excessively no matter what you do. Although these times can be very worrying, give your baby all-natural relief with our gentle, effective products. There is no definitive cure for colic, but rest assured that your baby will overcome this difficult time – most babies are passed the colic stage by the time they are between three and four months old. For more information about gripe water, check out our video on this subject.
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Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water should be given as needed and not as a preventive measure – after all, it works quickly! To avoid early allergic reactions, we suggest that you wait until your baby is two weeks old and over seven pounds before administering Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water. For all other infants and children, give Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water at the first signs of discomfort. Most babies will need the product after feedings, when they get gassy from eating too fast or from gulping in air while feeding. It is a good idea to wait 30 minutes after a feeding to administer Gripe Water, as this allows time for food to digest. When it is given too soon, the baby may vomit because he or she may be too full and the ingredients may not mix well with the stomach contents. If a baby is not able to complete a feeding due to gas, he or she may need Gripe Water prior to feeding. By administering the product at different times, you will learn what works best for your baby.
It is common for babies who have been suffering with extreme gas/discomfort to experience relief from Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water – and that allows them to rest. The tension associated with their discomfort can be exhausting for baby and parents alike!
Gripe water is a time-tested formula that has been used for more than 100 years throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean to relieve the discomfort that infants face from colic, gas, teething and hiccups.
Forms of gripe water were previously imported to the United States, but those imports did not gain approval because the formulas contained alcohol. Mommy’s Bliss® introduced its all-natural, alcohol-free Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water to the American market in 1999. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water is well known because of its effective formula. It has twice the amount of the effective ingredients (and our ingredients are organic!) as other gripe waters.
Our gentle liquid formula contains fennel, ginger and sodium bicarbonate, which are historically known to ease the nausea and discomfort caused by stomach gas and other colic symptoms. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water is known by parents to be very effective for discomfort associated to colic…But, it provides effective relief move than just colic.
Did you know? Fennel and ginger are also effective for easing the discomforts of infant teething. Babies cry a lot when they are teething, and this may cause them to become gassy. Research also suggests that when babies are teething, the salivary glands produce an enzyme that upsets the stomach. This causes them to cry, too. By addressing these issues, Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water works well for teething children.
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