How to Soothe your Colicky Baby

“Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child between the ages of two weeks and four months.

The cause of colic is generally unknown. Some believe it is due to gastrointestinal discomfort like intestinal cramping. Fewer than 5% of infants with excess crying have an underlying organic disease.”

Wikipedia

 

My eldest and I, 2002.

When my eldest child had colic, it broke my heart. I didn’t know how to calm him down and I hated seeing him in pain. Then my momma shared a very old remedy that my great granny used to make for her babies and my momma used to make for my siblings and I, it worked like a charm! Here’s the recipe…

Onion Tea (AKA Onion Syrup)

Ingredients:

  • Onion
  • Water
  • Organic, raw sugar

Direction:

  1. Cut onion in half and remove a little bit of the center (to create a hole).
  2. Place half of onion large side down in a skillet.
  3. Fill the hole in the middle with sugar.
  4. Place about a 1/2 inch of water around onion.
  5. Cook onion, sugar, water on low heat until a thick syrup forms.
  6. Remove & compost onion, stir syrup, put syrup in a clean, dry jar with a good fitting lid.
  7. Mix 1 tsp.-1 tbsp. onion syrup with 4 oz. warm water in a bottle and feed it to your baby. If your baby will not take a bottle, like all three of my kids, then you can mix it in a cup and use a medicine syringe to give your baby little bits at a time.

Throughout the years, I have found that onions in raw form often create more gas than onions in cooked form. It’s almost as if cooked onions relax your body and help you release the gas.

 

My middle child and my husband, 2006.
Another recipe you might like to try is…

Gripe Water

  • 1 tbsp. fennel seed
  • 1 Ginger Tea bag
  • 1 Chamomile Tea bag

Make fennel tea by decocting the fennel seed in 2 cups of water, covered, for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover, and steep for 5 minutes.   Strain, compost fennel seeds and tea bags, and let it cool. You can store this in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours. Dosing for a baby is 1/2 tsp. every 15 minutes or 2 oz. in a bottle to be drank all at once.

 

My great granny, 96 years old, and my youngest child, 3 months old, in 2008.
If you’re nursing your baby and he/she has colic, you can help out by avoiding caffeine as well as foods of the brassica (cabbage) and allium (onion) families.

Rhythmic motions may also help to ease the baby’s colic, as can applying heat to relax the GI muscles and bring circulation to the area.

Another word of advice, if you have another adult in the home, take turns soothing the baby. Trying to do it all on your own can be very stressful and exhausting.

I hope you found this blog post helpful, thank you for stopping by. 😊

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