Soothing Colicky Babies With Aromatherapy

Healthy Moms Mag ebook and software store

Colic is quite common in babies and in some cases can go on for many months. It is very painful for the baby and distressing for the parents. Babies can be affected whether they’re fed from the breast or bottle. Colic is usually ceased when the trapped gas is eventually passed or a bowel movement is made. Essential oils can be useful for encouraging this process and soothing little tummies.
Signs and symptoms of colic:

  • intense crying, that can go on for hours, usually in the late afternoon and evening
  • the abdomen feels hard to the touch
  • the face is flushed; the lips might become pale
  • baby may draw legs up to stomach; may clench fists.

Abdominal massage can bring great relief and help release trapped gas. Infant massage is best done gently, in small circular clockwise movements, 5-10 minutes after feeding. It can be done while the baby is clothed. To use essential oils mixed in a massage oil, clothing should be removed.

First mix the essential oils in a small dark blue or amber glass bottle using these proportions:

5 drops Coriander

3 drops Peppermint

2 drops Dill

For application use one drop of above mixture in a 1/2 teaspoon almond, grape seed or jojoba oil and use half of this amount per application for an abdominal massage.

  • Put the oil mixture in the palm of your non dominant hand and using the fingertips of your other hand, rub over the palm to coat fingertips.
  • Proceed with abdominal massage starting slightly above the naval and slowly working around the navel as if it were the center of a clock.
  • Leave the remaining amount of oil mixture in the spoon to use later and set it in a bowl, then cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap to prevent evaporation and contamination.

Warm baths can help relax a spasm as well. Mix 1 teaspoon almond or grape seed oil with one drop of Lavender and one drop Roman Chamomile. Put a 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture in the bath water. It will float on the surface. Scoop it into your hand and rub over the baby’s tummy while in the bath. Make sure none of it splashes in the baby’s eyes or on their face.

These tips are for educational purposes only and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult your health care provider in the case of severe discomfort .

Don't Miss An Article Subscribe Below

Healthy Moms Magazine
Enter your email address:
 



Soothing Colicky Babies With Aromatherapy
Rate this post

22 Comments

  1. Very interesting! I actually sell soothing bath teas with chamomile! It's at myaventine.com in case you want to have a peak.

  2. Poor little babies 🙁 I have a tummy tub, which is supposed to not only bathe children, but help with potential colic. I also have some baby “massage oils” that would probably help too. I like the idea of aromatherapy oils…great for me *and* the baby.

  3. Pingback: When Sharing, Really Isn’t Caring - Healthy Moms Magazine

  4. Pingback: How Can Dads Contribute to Their Child’s Success? - Healthy Moms Magazine

  5. Pingback: You Want Me to Wear What for 9 Months? - Healthy Moms Magazine

  6. Pingback: The face of Postpartum Depression - Healthy Moms Magazine

  7. Pingback: How to Get Rid of Belly Fat? - Healthy Moms Magazine

  8. Pingback: Breast is Best the Benefits of Breastfeeding - Healthy Moms Magazine

  9. Pingback: Tips for Working Parents - Healthy Moms Magazine

  10. Pingback: Baby Goes Pro Teaches Young Children the Importance of Staying Active Through Sports {Giveaway} - Healthy Moms Magazine

  11. Pingback: After the Baby is Born - Healthy Moms Magazine

  12. Pingback: Wordless Wednesday | Boy or Girl? - Healthy Moms Magazine

  13. Pingback: High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy - Healthy Moms Magazine

  14. Pingback: DVD Teaches New Moms How to Workout With Baby (Giveaway) - Healthy Moms Magazine

  15. Pingback: Wholesale Closeout Prices on All Natural Baby Care Products - Healthy Moms Magazine

  16. Pingback: Teach Your Kids to Code - Healthy Moms Magazine

  17. Pingback: Why Your Kids Need Fermented Foods w/ Dr. Rouchouze (Pedcast) - Healthy Moms Magazine

  18. Pingback: Travel Healthy This Summer With These Portable Snacks - Healthy Moms Magazine

  19. Pingback: The Powerful Lens of Hope - Healthy Moms Magazine

  20. Pingback: Sensitive Teeth During Pregnancy - Healthy Moms Magazine

  21. Pingback: Just Say No To Talc: Health Risks in Baby Powders - Healthy Moms Magazine

  22. Pingback: Early Childhood Education – Acquiring Sign Language - Healthy Moms Magazine

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*