| Randall Agee
Babies who suffer from colic often cry for no obvious reason, particularly during the evening. Colicky babies sometimes have swollen bellies, often accompanied by gassiness; most cry for three hours or longer each day on more than three days per week. Colic often lasts for a few months, and may be brought on by sounds, light, and excess stimulation. Babies who are older than four months and who cry for hours at a time could have an underlying health condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated.
MAKES 1 TREATMENT
Ginger is one of the best digestive aids there is. This essential oil helps alleviate nausea. cramping, gas, and bloating, and is ideal for soothing colicky babies. Do not use undiluted ginger essential oil on babies. Ensure the baby stays warm and comfortable during the massage; you may also make a warm compress and place it over the stomach or back after the massage. If the tummy massage recommended here is not practical, try using this remedy to massage the baby's feet, then replace her socks or booties.
- 1 teaspoon carrier oil
- 5 drops ginger essential oil
- In the palm of your hand, add the carrier oil and ginger essential oil, and rub the mixture between your hands to warm it
- Using circular motions, lightly massage the baby’s abdomen and lower back.
- Repeat this treatment 2 times a day for 2 days
Soothing Dill Bath:
Dill essential oil aids in digestion while easing flatulence, constipation and hiccups; its aroma helps individuals cope with feelings of being overwhelmed, which can help parents and child alike. Diffuse the essential oil in your home and breathe deep while bathing your baby using this simple remedy. Fill the baby’s bathtub with warm water and 4 drops of dill essential oil. Immerse the baby, massaging him while playing relaxing music or speaking gently. Try to make the bath last for at least 5 minutes. Repeat as needed.