In this interview, colic expert Julie Buck discusses 9 proven solutions for help your baby to stop crying. NOTE: Any type of baby cry remedy should always be used in consultation with your pediatrician or family doctor.
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QUESTION: Do you ever recommend any over-the-counter medications or any home remedies that could help colicky or fussy babies?
JULIE BUCK: I always give the disclaimer that any suggested remedy should always be considered in consultation with your doctor. You definitely want to discuss any of these options with your pediatrician and make sure that it’s right for you and right for your baby. That said, there are a couple of products on the market people swear by – that I’ve seen really help.
One is called Gripe Water. And another is called Colic Calm. And those are two products that usually with an Internet search or at a local store you’d be able to find.
Another option is to use regular gas drops like Mylicon. There are also suppositories you can use if it seems as though your baby is having a hard time going to the bathroom. If you visit a whole foods or a Vitamin Cottage there are other homeopathic remedies that are available.
You can also try making a chamomile and fennel tea. Steep it weakly and give it to your baby a few drops at a time. Chamomile is a calming type of herb or flower, and fennel is a nice digestive aid. Again, make sure you consult with your doctor first.
I’ve also had some experience with other families who have used pediatric certified chiropractors, who are certified to work with children.
There can be underlying things going with a baby’s spine and body as they’ve come out of the birth canal they’re experiencing gravity for the first time. Things that can make them uncomfortable that we might not necessarily catch, which chiropractic can help. A website for more information on pediatric certified chiropractors is ICPA4kids.com. And it’s very important that you find a chiropractor that has the pediatric certification.
There are two other types of alternative medicine that, again, you would discuss with your doctor and decide if it was correct for you. One is called craniosacral therapy. It works through the fluid that bathes our spine and our brains.
Another option is acupuncture. For children and babies there are licensed acupuncturists that don’t use needles. It’s acupressure. Those are some of the solutions that families I have seen work well for other families.