You may have experienced your baby being fussy or irritable after eating, and had a hard time figuring out what was wrong. Later, you may have found the answer to be colic, and discovered that there are several natural and prescription remedies for this problems. However, did you know that colic in adults could occur as well?
Here are some ways you can tell if you are going through some of the same symptoms that your baby has been dealing with. You will be surprised to find that you may even be able to use some of the same treatments.
Babies cannot detect where their discomfort is coming from, and they cannot verbally communicate to tell you where it hurts, so they cry. This is why it can be so hard for you to tell what is ailing them. However, many doctors have been able to link the crying and restlessness with indigestion and reflux in the baby's digestive system. If you feel the same things and get the same symptoms, then colic in adults may be your ailment.
Symptoms of Adult Colic
Pain in the chest or abdomen could be a symptom, and if you eat foods that are hard to digest, such as spicy foods, or foods that are high in fat, you may experience the restlessness that infants do during colic. You may be tired or sluggish, but unable to go to sleep, and heartburn could result from eating unhealthy foods as well.
You may also be allergic to milk or soy, which is another reason colic in adults, may occur. Skin rashes, bloating, irritability, and fatigue are all symptoms of these allergies, so pay attention to your body's reaction each time you eat a milk or soy product. Rice or hazelnut milk alternatives are available, and there are milk-free substitutes for just about every dairy product these days.
Just like with babies, you will also need a comfortable and peaceful place to sleep in order to reduce stress and irritability. Play soothing music in your room, and dim the lights so that you will feel more relaxed. You may also want to brew a cup of chamomile tea to relax your nerves, promote digestion, and get a good night's sleep. Try drinking fennel tea as well; it helps to relax you, rid the body of impurities, and gives your skin a refreshed look.
Toxins in the liver can cause colic in adults as well, so taking wild yam and/or milk thistle supplements will help your body to get rid of the toxins that may be causing your discomfort. Massaging the abdomen and chest may also give you the relief you need.