Your little one has been crying non-stop for hours, and you do not know what to do about it. You cannot see any visible signs of discomfort, and you have changed, fed, and burped your baby. What could be the problem? For many infants, these symptoms are a sign of colic. And now, there is a possible remedy in the form of colic tablets.
Since this condition is considered to be a gastrointestinal problem in babies, the tablets serve the purpose of soothing the lining of the intestines and aiding in the digestion process. They work much like a Tums or a dosage of Maalox would work for adults. You can get colic tablets or drops from your doctor's office if you see that your baby is not responding to coddling, a swaddling blanket, or a peaceful sleeping environment. Or, you can buy the tablets yourself, chart your infant's progress, and seek more medical attention if necessary.
Colic tablets contain all-natural ingredients for the most part, and you will need to make sure that you are getting lactose free tablets for your baby if he or she has a milk allergy. In some cases, an intolerance to milk could be the cause of colic, so taking all dairy from your baby's diet and yours if you are breast feeding, may provide a solution to the fussiness and restlessness your baby has been exhibiting.
Other ingredients you will want to look for include chamomile, which is a natural sleep aid for both babies and adults, and helps food to digest at a more normal rate. Wild yam and bitter apple are also part of some colic tablets, and these substances contain concentrated fiber that helps your baby to absorb the nutrients in food while getting rid of toxins in the body. Since these tablets are natural, you should give about 2 doses to your baby every 15 minutes or so for 8 doses in order to see results. After that, you can administer the tablets every twohours or so.
In addition to colic tablets, you can also give your baby doses of fennel tea, which can be mixed into formula or baby food. The tea should be steeped and left alone to cool before adding to your baby's food. Also, catnip has been known to calm colicky babies down, and you can find this supplement at your local health food store, or even at some grocery stores. Calming your baby down is possible now with these natural remedies; now you and your little one can get the rest you deserve.