How can a parent help a baby with colic

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Hello sweet mama,

This is the first in a series of interviews I’m conducting with the Naturopath Dr. Reed Chandler. I hope you find the information you need to help you naturally heal your baby.

Here’s the interview:

Q. Doctor Chandler, what are your best recommendations for parents who want to help a baby with colic?

A. These recommendations could be used for any baby, but I’m especially talking about babies who are breastfeeding.  I have successively suggested that smaller more frequent breastfeeding is many times better than a few large feedings. This allows less air into the babies intestinal tract and produces less gas. Also, it’s best to make sure that the baby’s head is higher than her stomach while feeding. While burping the baby, it’s usually best to rub the back and stomach instead of patting. It works fine and is much more soothing.


Q: Should a mother watch what she eats when her baby has colic?

A: The mother should not eat certain gas producing foods during her breast feeding months, as this is one of the main causes of colic. Try not eating any of the cabbage family foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, turnips, and of course cabbage.  Eliminate garlic and raw onions during the first 5-6 months of lactation, as these foods are normally very good for you, but they promote intestinal gases in you and your baby. Using alkaline filtered water will enrich the mother’s milk and help to protect both her and her baby’s immune system. (For more information on the uses and effects of alkaline water, see the WebPages of Dr. Robert O. Young).


Q: Is massaging the baby a good idea?

A. Gently massaging the baby’s stomach area while breastfeeding can help eliminate gases and is calming for the baby.


Q. What remedies would you recommend?

A. One of the best remedies for colic are natural infusions or teas.  These are really effective and it’s totally safe to give the baby up to 4 ounces of warm herbal tea every day, both to prevent colic and to help eliminate it when it appears.  A parent might be tempted to give the baby more than 4-5 ounces a day, however she needs to limit the amount of herbal tea that she gives, so that her baby doesn’t refuse breast milk or formula, which is where the baby is getting all of the nutrients needed for growth and good health. Some of the most effective herb teas you might want to use are Chamomile, Catnip, Ginger, Peppermint, Linden Flower, Astragalus, Celery Leaf, Oregano, Fennel, Licorice, and Lemon Balm. Remember, in the case of a baby, don’t make the tea too strong as it could cause nausea.

There are a few homeopathic or natural formulas available on the market, and some are very effective, such as Hyland’s Colic Tablets and Colic Calm drops, which I have recommended before with success results. Every child is different, so you may have to try a few different herb teas or formulas until you find what really helps in the case of your own baby.


Q. Any last comments?

A. I hope these recommendations help you as a parent.  These are a few safe, natural and effective alternatives to pharmaceutical chemicals.  Remember that your baby is just getting started and accustomed to this world. As your baby gets older and stronger, their digestive system will learn how to function correctly and these stomach problems will subside.

Many thanks to Dr. Chandler!

To learn more about Dr. Reed Chandler you can visit his website.






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