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Safe, effective remedies for common first-year ailments

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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.
Suggested remedies
• 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.

Safety First

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.

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