Soothing Colicky Babies With Aromatherapy

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.
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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 .

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  • sheila , July 13, 2009

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

  • Penelope , July 14, 2009

    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.

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