Infant colic is a severe pain that occurs in the baby’s abdomen. The baby with colic forcefully screams while pulling the legs up. The parents usually do everything to soothe the baby, but carrying, rocking, and burping the baby do not bring any relief.
Causes of infant colic
The main cause for this condition is still not discovered. However, it is considered that acidity, as well as production of gas that gets trapped in the gastrointestinal tract, is a potential cause for infant colic. Furthermore, if a mother breastfeeds her baby, colic can appear as the baby’s reaction to the foods that the mother consumed, such as wheat, cabbage, citrus fruits and dairy products. Sometimes, even when mother is anxious or tense, it can reflect on the baby and colic may occur.
When the baby is bottle-fed, then the colic usually occurs because of the sensitivity to the proteins in the cow’s milk, or due to the swallowing of the air. Infant colic tends to get worse at night and can last from a few minutes to several hours. When the baby reaches three months, this problem usually stops.
The baby with colic experiences severe colicky pain in the abdomen, which can be accompanied by diarrhea, constipation and passing gas, as well as spitting up. Other symptoms of infant colic include crying for a long period of time and irritation.
Homeopathic remedies for infant colic
Homeopathy is very popular today, since homeopathic remedies do not treat only the symptoms of the diseases but also the underlying causes. However, a good Homeopath should always be consulted since every person responds differently to the same homeopathic remedy. A homeopathic medicine is recommended only when the complete medical history of the patient, as well as the symptoms of the disease, are known.
Infant colic should be treated with homeopathic remedies in order to prevent the development of many gastrointestinal problems later in the childhood. There are several homeopathic remedies that are safe and very effective for treating of colic in infants.
When the pain comes in waves and the baby is much better with tummy massage, Colicynthis is a homeopathic remedy that should be given to the baby. Chamomilla is a homeopathic medicine that should be given to the baby when it is angry and peevish and has green stool, while Magnesia Phosphorica should be given to the babies who are relieved when the parent pushes the baby’s legs up and down in order to relieve the gas. Aethusa is a homeopathic remedy that should be given to the infants who are allergic to mother’s milk, as well as to cow’s milk.