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Indications: Apply locally on the abdomen for the relief of gas pains. Especially good for babies who are colic.
Learn the telltale signs and remedies when it comes to this common baby ailment.
What You Need To Know About Baby Colic: Signs, Causes & Old School Remedies
Read on about old-school remedies to treat colic.
Lola Coring Alcid, a retired administrative staff officer, recounts how elders in her hometown of Rosario, La Union, would reach for bottles of Acete de Alcamporado andAcete de Manzanilla when their babies would get fussy. “They’d massage these oils on babies’ tummies to stop their stomachaches. My aunt even used langis ng niyog mixed with petroleum jelly on my cousins, and I’ve heard of others who mixed coconut oil with gin. These treatments were intended to warm up the abdominal area para lumabas ’yung hangin at lamig.”
Ginah Ramos, M.D., a pediatrician at Medical Plaza in Makati, says that the use ofAcete de Manzanilla, which is still available even in neighborhood sari-sari stores, may be rooted in the idea of infant massage and touch therapy. “It may soothe the colicky baby, hence helping him stop his crying. But since colic is an organ disorder, using these oils does not really cure it.” Caution should also be used with heat therapy because some treatments may burn or be harmful to baby’s skin.
Bigkis (Cloth Binder)
Alcid also recalls babies’ need for a bigkis, a small piece of cloth wrapped around the tummy “para hindi ito pasukan ng hangin at malamigan.” When there is a colic attack, the bigkis may also be wrapped around a small helping of warm rice before it is placed around the baby’s tummy.
Other non-medical remedies that have been tried in more recent years include the use of “white noise”: the sound of a vacuum cleaner or washing machine, holding baby while seated on a vibra chair or leaning against a vibrating pillow, or taking baby out on long car rides.
What The Doctor Says;
According to Dr. Ramos, what doctors usually prescribe for colicky babies are Dicycloverine HCL infant drops (Relestal), which help relieve symptoms by acting as a muscle relaxant.
Burping is also very important, says Dr. Ramos, because it relieves any trapped air that can make baby uncomfortable. Waiting for baby to burp is what Citibank training manager Christine Esguerra credits her 3-month-old baby Trey’s sunny disposition to. “I make sure to burp him after every feeding, even if it takes 15 minutes for him to let out the air,” she shares. “Sometimes, I even stop feeding him midway to burp him. I also invested in anti-colic feeding bottles.”
What Causes Colic?
There is no known cause for colic, although it is attributed to indigestion and either overfeeding or hunger. “So, it can be either walang laman ’yung tiyan nung baby, orsobra naman siyang busog. With any of these, even baby’s bowel movement is affected,” explains Dr. Ramos. “Since a baby’s gastrointestinal tract is not yet mature, we have to be careful with our baby’s feeding habits,” she cautions. “The theory is that colic usually happens at nighttime because during the morning, wala pa masyadong bulk ’yung tiyan ni baby,” she adds. So remember to feed baby in the right position, at the right time, and with the right amount of milk.
Other colic culprits, according to a web article on drpaul.com, include a possible allergy to cow’s milk, though breastfed babies are not necessarily exempt from colic. Thelaboroflove.com article “Colic in the Breastfed Baby” by Dr. Jack Newman says that colic may also be caused by a particular food taken by the nursing mom and the length of time that the baby actually breastfeeds. The drpaul.com article also cites two other factors: a baby’s immature nervous system, which leaves him feeling wound up and stressed out at the end of a long day; and a baby’s ability to sense parental anxiety. The article advises keeping baby’s stress levels to a minimum especially during feeding.
Even if colic has no permanent harmful effects, it can really yank on a mother’s chain. “The important thing to remember for moms of colicky babies is that they should not panic. They shouldn’t blame themselves for their baby’s crying. If they are well-informed about what is happening to their baby, they will feel better. It is also good to talk their frustrations over with their baby’s pediatrician,” says Deveyra.
If your baby is on his 2nd or 3rd crying jag for the week, and if you feel that you have reached your point of maximum tolerance, experts say that it is okay to pass your baby on to Daddy or to someone else while you take a breather. You can always go back to being Supermom after you’ve regrouped.
Cause For Worry
Even though colic has no known complications and doesn’t usually warrant a trip to the doctor’s clinic, pediatrician Ginah Ramos, M.D., says there are some red flags that parents have to watch out for, as these may signal an infection in the gastrointestinal tract or an obstruction in the intestines:
Diarrhea or presence of blood in the stool
Paleness of skin
Persistent colic with enlargement of the stomach
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