Gas, stomach pain, colic are common baby problems but can get quite painful for your little one. There are thousands of remedies suggested by nurses, paediatricians, etc; but sometimes if western medicines don’t work for your child, you can give Indian ones a try, after all, they are natural and have no side effects.
Here are some easy to make remedies to relieve your child from colic:
A Mustard Oil Massage:
A warm mustard oil massage and a bath in warm water is the perfect solution for gas pain. Be sure to warm the water to an optimum level, something your baby can withstand. Don’t forget to burp your baby after the bath. Warm baths are great stimulators of sleep. Mostly gas gets accumulated in babies because of lack of body movement. The mustard oil massage generates blood circulation and encourages body movement so that gas can be expelled.
Few cloves of garlic in the oil will be a great addition.
Warm milk makes your baby more vulnerable to colic. So if and when your baby is showing signs of colic feed your baby warm water a few times a day. Once a day you can add cumin seeds too. They help in digestion.
Your baby cries while passing gas and this is mainly the stomach heat, and warm water several times a day can help this. Arrowroot porridge, ragi porridge & nutmeg are great remedies too for stomach heat.
Asafoetida or Hing
Asafoetida or Hing is a great colic healer. When taken externally & internally. You can add hing to warm water or you can make a paste of hing and rub around the naval area. Do not use powdered asafoetida, you can use a solid block and mix with warm water to make the paste. Of course, consumed internally, it has more effect, but hing is no doubt one of the most accessible & effective colic healers.
Garlic is a great remedy but not when given alone; it can burn your baby’s tongue! Nonetheless, when given with nutmeg & or mixed with foods like roti or rice garlic makes for a great indigestion healer.
Prevention is always better than cure and in this case, the nursing mother can really work towards having a healthy & regulated diet. Here’s what a nursing should and should not eat in order to prevent her baby from bad bouts of colic.
What Nursing Mothers Should Eat:
- Papaya: A Great constipation reliever
- Ginger (raw)
- Jeera water
- Ajwain water
- Fennel Seed
What Nursing Mothers Should Avoid:
- Milk products like ghee, butter & cheese
- Citrus fruits like sweet lime, orange.
- Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower
- Spices like pepper, cinnamon, & cardamom