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With Halloween right around the corner there are sure to be plenty of sweet treats in your child’s near future. From class parties to trunk-or-treating and trick-or-treating there will be a lot candy and the temptation to eat all of that candy. As both my siblings and my children have experienced first hand the consequences of eating too much candy are not fun.

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What Causes the Stomach Pain?

Your child may be experiencing pain after eating too much Halloween candy as a result of hypoglycemia (also know as a sugar hangover). After eating large amounts of sugar the body produces insulin to keep sugar levels down, but after the sugar levels fall the insulin is still around causing the hypoglycemia. Another reason for the discomfort could be gas.

Ways to Ease Stomach Pain

To help ease your child’s discomfort you can:

Ways to Prevent Stomach Pain

After all treats have been collected sit with your kids and sort through the candy and have them pick some favorites and set them aside in a baggy. Try to space out when they eat the candy over the next few days and get rid of the excess candy (well after you have a few pieces of course).

You can also make sure that your kids eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before eating candy.

Instead of throwing away the excess candy you can donate to troops, to find a donation location in your area click here.

 

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.


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Remain Calm
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.


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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.


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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.

By Roshan Kaderali, RN, CNM, CLE.

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.

With so many pills and manufactured chemicals in the drug aisles in grocery stores, it is difficult to know exactly what is best for children. A new emphasis is being put on natural remedies and organic solutions to health problems. With that in mind, many mothers are looking for natural relief for gas and colic. Gripe water from Mommy’s Bliss can help in both areas. What is gripe water? Is it safe? Read on to explore and learn more about the product, as well as what makes it special.


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What Is Gripe Water?
Gripe water is a natural, fast acting remedy for colic and gas. It is made from organic herbs, such as ginger and fennel, and requires no refrigeration, even after the bottle has been opened. Mothers all over the United States use this product not only for colic pain and gas pain, but also for pain brought on by teething and even general irritability. Each bottle of gripe water comes packaged with a dropper with clearly marked measurements for different ages that makes administration of this natural remedy extremely easy.


For many moms and dads, getting their children to take any kind of medicine is a stressful hassle by itself. However, many testimonials speak to how much children enjoy the taste, taking the remedy without complaint or sour expressions. Gripe water also comes in apple flavor, a flavor most toddlers seem to enjoy. In addition, Mommy’s Bliss now provides single dose packets for on-the-go use, making those crazy days just that much easier.


Is Gripe Water Safe?
As a matter of fact, gripe water is very safe. In a world where chemically processed pills are the norm, bringing about questionable side effects, more and more moms are looking to natural remedies. Gripe water, and all other Mommy’s Bliss products, are made with natural ingredients. Not only are they vegetarian, most of them are organic and lack ingredients that may cause allergic or adverse reactions, such as gluten, alcohol, dairy, or parabens. Gripe water is also BPA free, reducing the potential for any skin irritation. As with most products used as a remedy for any type of illness or discomfort, the smartest course of action is to consult a physician or a pediatrician before giving it to an infant. Speaking with your doctor or your child’s doctor can help to clear up any concerns you might have before trying out this safe, natural remedy.


Whether your infant is teething, suffering from colic pain, gas pain, hiccups, stomach pain, or general irritability, consult a physician and consider gripe water as a safe, healthy, natural alternative to relief. Available both online and in stores, this product is sure to be a life saver for moms and dads around the country.