Colic, often characterized by persistent crying attributed to digestive discomfort, can be a challenging experience for both parents and infants. While it doesn't usually result in long-term issues, the distress it causes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, homeopathy offers safe and effective remedies to alleviate colic symptoms. In this blog, we will explore the use of homeopathic remedies for colic and also touch upon their effectiveness for managing acid reflux in babies.
Understanding Colic and Reflux
Colic typically manifests as prolonged crying, and it is common in both breastfed and formula-fed infants. While it usually doesn't persist beyond six months, the distress it causes can be extreme. Reflux is more prevalent in infants due to factors like an underdeveloped lower esophageal sphincter, a horizontal position during/after feeding, a short esophagus, congenital hiatal hernia, overfeeding, and certain foods. Homeopathic remedies provide a safe and effective option for soothing colicky babies.
My top remedies for Colic
Nux vomica: characterized by crampy colic where the baby arches their back and is irritable. Chamomilla: suitable for crampy colic with incessant screaming, is often linked to teething. Colocynthis: recommended for babies who draw their legs up during spasmodic pain, typically worsening in the late afternoon.
Lycopodium: effective for windy babies with a distended belly.
Dioscorea: suited for colic relieved by arching the back.
My top remedies for Acid Reflux
Natrum phos: in a low dose such as a tissue salt taken over a few weeks, this remedy helps to neutralize stomach acid and promotes healthy digestion, making it beneficial for babies who vomit curdled milk.
Aethusa cynapium: Intolerance of milk, vomited forcibly (projectile vomiting) immediately after a feed. Large curds or frothy white matter are vomited, there can be great anguish and distress, your child may appear limp and drowsy after vomiting. Repeated hiccoughing.
Chamomilla: Nux vomica: see above.
Practical measures to soothe colic are baby massage, warm towels on the belly, and the use of tissue salts (Mag phos, Nat phos, or Nat sulph) can complement homeopathic remedies, providing additional relief.
Homeopathic remedies, such as those mentioned, provide a safe and gentle alternative to traditional medications for managing colic and acid reflux in infants. The proper selection and dosing of remedies are crucial for optimal results. If self-administered remedies do not bring relief, seeking professional advice is recommended.
Overall, the use of homeopathic remedies can offer relief for both baby and parent. If you have further questions or need personalized guidance, consider booking a free 15-minute chat with me here: