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Herbal secrets for soothing a baby with colic

by , 28 June 2013

It's enough to make any mother want to hold up the white flag. And it's not the ‘I'm hungry' or ‘my nappy's wet' cry. There's no apparent reason for it and it lasts for hours and hours day after day. This is the classic sign of colic, one of the most common problems for young babies. Luckily, there are natural approaches to a tear-free baby. Find out what they are…

According to Dr Jonathan Wright of Nutrition & Healing, there are many theories about the cause of colic. And most centre on a stomach that’s not working properly or food hypersensitivity.

“Some even point to psychological problems and that’s why many doctors focus on spasm-relieving drugs to help calm the baby,” says Dr Wright

But the down side to using these drugs is that they carry the risk of side effects.

You certainly don’t have to put your baby through this when a number of herbs can help in the same way. And the good news is, they’re gentle and safe for babies.

Treat colic naturally using these herbal remedies

According to Dr Wright, in one study, researchers sought to help a group of colicky babies by giving them an herbal formula.

The herbs included chamomile (178mgof extract per dose), fennel (164mg of extract per dose) and lemon balm (97mg of extract per dose), together with small quantities of vitamins B1 and B6 and calcium pantothenate. They received two doses a day (1ml/kg each dose) of the herbal mix at5pm and at 8pm.

After just one week, the babies went from crying about 201.2minutes a day to 76.9 minutes a day.

That’s two hours less of crying time!

Dr Wright suggests that instead of making your own herbal mix, use Polari tea. It contains the herbs listed above, as well as a few others to help ease colic.

While Polari tea is sold at your local store, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor first before trying it to soothe your colicky baby.

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