Safe, effective remedies for common first-year ailments
Gas and "colic"
Symptoms Gas is usually quickly (and audibly) passed. "Colic"--inconsolable crying for hours by an otherwise healthy infant--often is blamed on gas or other digestive distress, though this is controversial. The crying usually begins between 2 and 6 weeks of age and resolves when the baby is 3 to 5 months old.
• Eliminate common allergens, such as milk, soy, wheat, corn, nuts and orange juice, from the baby's diet and from yours if you're nursing. Formula also may cause a problem, though some brands, such as Enfamil Nutramigen Lipil, contain ingredients designed to minimize symptoms.
• Give up to 4 ounces per day of room-temperature chamomile or fennel tea.
• Probiotics may help ease colic.
• Try giving Hyland's homeopathic Colic Tablets and Infants' Mylicon Drops; follow package directions.
Do Not Use fennel tea for more than seven to 10 days; don't give oatmeal to infants under 4 months.
When To Call The Pediatrician If your baby's symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever or reduced appetite.
Though experts say that the remedies described here are safe for babies under 1 year old, if you have any questions or concerns, check with your pediatrician before trying any of them.
For a list of books and websites that provide authoritative information on natural baby-care remedies, go to fitpregnancy.com/inthisissue and look for links from the December/January 2007 issue.