I have been through a major battle with my little daughter
who has been suffering from colic for the past four months.
Every day at 5:00 PM sharp, she would start screaming and
crying inconsolably, and really nothing seemed to help.
The other symptoms were kicking her legs, making tight fists,
and arching her back. But she never did spit up after feedings.
The best I could do was to take her and carry her around,
but she still kept crying miserably. My husband tried to
help me a few times when this first started, but with him
she was even worse. It seemed that the only relief she got
came from me holding and carrying her. It got so bad that
my husband and older son would leave the apartment and go
in the park. Frankly, I saw no benefit in them staying at
home and listening to this anyway, as there was nothing
they could do.
My pediatrician was equally clueless, and kept insisting
that this would pass soon, and that there really wasn’t
much that could be done. He attributed the problem to the
fact that my daughter was born early, but the same had been
true for her three year older brother, and he never had
to go through this.
I read everything I could about this problem, and I learned
that colic happens in some children, although nobody really
knows why. The excessive crying and the predictability of
these episodes in terms of occurring in the late afternoon
or evening and usually at the same time each day applied
in my daughter’s case, but that information didn’t
really help matters.
My daughter was being breast-fed, and I was very careful
to avoid eating the things that have been associated with
babies experiencing colic, such as dairy products, caffeine,
and gas-producing foods. The other risk factors, such as
over- or under-stimulation, exposure to cigarette smoke,
and antibiotics given to the baby at birth or to the mother
during delivery all didn’t apply.
Since there really weren’t any risk factors, the
conventional approach of eliminating them was not an option.
I tried alternatives such as fennel tea and lemon balm,
but without success. Warm baths with a few drops of lavender
oil seemed to make some difference. I finally consulted
a homeopath, and his treatment really seemed to work best,
although it didn’t resolve the problem completely.
But it did make the colic episodes less severe.
The problem finally disappeared as suddenly as it had originally
started. I guess we will never know if it was due to the
homeopathy or the fact that my daughter had simply outgrown
it, as colic usually resolves on its own by about six months
of age. Even the homeopath was not sure which it was in
the end, although we both felt that it was a combination
of the two.
Since colicky babies often develop other allergies later
in life, I am sticking with the homeopathic treatment. Apparently,
the right homeopathic remedy might reduce that risk.
ref: aprilly Taumed website www.taumed.com
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