Colic is challenging. I tried, failed, survived. If you are a mama with a colicky baby or a pregnant mama reading, I would like to tell you, it’s going to be hard. It will make you feel a failure but it’s temporary which will pass. If the pain still lasts after trying your best, consult your paediatrician for other causes of colic.
My Colicky Baby. Understanding Colic
Colic is common in infants but Baby V had this frequently. We didn’t realize he must be in pain during the hospital stay. We thought it might be due to hunger and his oral thrush.
Day 5: We came home from the hospital and every day as soon as the evening commenced, my newborn started with the incessant wails, turning into intense red and ripping at the top of his lungs. His wailing lasted for about 2-3 hours. Once night hit, the same wails began again, every single night.
Watching him cry broke me. I just couldn’t find anything to help my baby with colic. I carried him, caressed him but nothing could calm him down. I tried swaddling, sleeping bag, bounced, paced, with no relief. I used to be drained and dejected with sleepless nights.
We were convinced his screaming in pain was due to colic and started changing my diet with the thought breastmilk was the culprit.
What I avoided eating during breastfeeding:
- Spices, chillies, no masala, toor dal (pigeon peas)
- I noticed leafy vegetables brought on intense colic.
- Diary affected his bowel habits and stools.
We were so distressed because nothing was soothing Baby V and he cried day and night.
What were the methods I tried to relieve colic
I received advised to apply warm fomentation of carom seeds wrapped in a cloth, applying a paste of fennel seeds and carom seeds on Baby V’s belly. Still no relief. I couldn’t get him to burp, I tried all the position to hold a baby for a good burp or cycled his tiny legs to relieve the gas, but with no avail.
I spend hours googling “how do you know if baby has colic” and “how can I help my baby with colic”.
Finally, I had to take advice from my mommy friends. One of my friends suggested a home remedy for making a concoction. Boil a liter of water + ajwain (carom seeds) + fennel seeds + vaval hing (don’t know what’s it called in English, you’ll find in any Ayurveda products store). Drink this concoction throughout the day. I drank this on daily basis and it did its charm. I noticed Baby V passed lots of gases which relieved his tummy ache. He slept much better during the day as well as night.
Apart from the home remedy, while my research on baby colic treatment I came across Mamaearth Easy Tummy Roll On. It did soothe Baby V and it was an instant option to just roll it on the tummy around the naval every 20 minutes. It has peppermint oil which must be giving a cooling sensation.
Which colic drops were effective
Baby V was prescribed Carmicide Paed Liquid but it did not help him.
Colicaid drops, a solution with fennel seed oil, Dil oil worked amazingly. I gave him 6 drops daily twice or thrice. I had a good experience with Colicacid and I can vouch for its efficacy.
During my google binging on colic treatment I came across the information that six weeks is the peak for colic. I noticed that after one and a half months there was no wailing in evening or night. Baby V slept through the night without pain (though putting him to sleep was an altogether a different experience, which I will share in next post).
The dark clouds of colic had lifted but occasionally there were thunderstorms of colic but not regular as before.
Baby V is 7 months now and his toothless grin makes me fall in love with him Every. Single. Time.
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This post is not sponsored. These are my reviews of being a first time Mom, experiencing, experimenting to help my baby with colic.