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Remedies to prevent and treat colic include: massage, breastfeed with
baby held in an upright position, elevating the head of the cot/bassinette
(phone books or bricks work well), herbal teas drunk freely by the
mother (chamomile, fennel, cloves, cinnamon), weak fennel tea directly
to baby in a dropper (2ml 3x day), fennel tea in bath water, warm
compresses over abdomen, baby specific lactobacilli applied to nipple.
• Excessive crying
Baby may cry due to hunger, insecurity, boredom, tiredness, being
uncomfortable or pain. Herbal remedies to promote calm can be
transferred to baby via breast milk. Herbal teas such as chamomile or
liquid herbs prescribed by a naturopath are ideal. Rescue Remedy (a drop
or two under tongue) can be given directly and safely to baby. Lavender
oil in a burner or vapouriser in baby’s room. Stress relief for the mother
is also very important.
Treatments include baby specific lactobacilli (Bifidobacterium Infantis),
consumption of omega 3 oils (especially EPA) directly to baby and
mother. Reduction of potential allergenic foods by the mother, in addition
to avoiding any foods the mother is herself sensitive to is very important.
Eczema can also be caused by contact dermatitis and it may be useful to
change or eliminate bath products, washing powder, parents perfume etc.
• Oral Thrush
If baby has a white/yellow coating on the tongue and inner mouth which
is more than milk residue, they may have oral thrush. If so, baby may
also have a red, flaky rash on their bottom, neck, thigh and armpit folds.
(The herbal and supplemental treatments described below are
best done under naturopathic supervision.
If you are unsure about any aspect of your baby’s health, a
naturopath or doctor should be consulted).
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Thrush (or Candida) can transfer to the mother’s nipples and cause
problems with feeding so it is importa