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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

Colic Baby Robert JamesOverview: Our small infants are a precious gift and we desire to respond to their every need. When they cry uncontrollably for an extended period of time, it is a great concern because we feel there is a need that we are not recognizing and fulfilling. Some define colic with “lots of 3s.” That is, a baby between 3 weeks and 3 months that cries for more than 3 hours at a time, for 3 or more days in a week, for 3 or more weeks in a row, has colic. As they grow older, they can actually learn to control crying, and it will subside.

The soothing touch of a loving parent will help them stop, or learn to stop, more rapidly than not. If that touch is coupled with the soothing affects of an essential oil, it will be even more helpful. Geranium, Lavender, and digestive blends have the soothing properties needed and are mild enough, with a carrier, for a baby’s sensitive skin.

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends: Coriander, Digestive Blend, Ginger, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Fennel, Marjoram, Melissa, Wild Orange

Suggested protocols:

Application: Make a very mild dilution of Digestive Blend, Ginger or one of the oils above in a suitable carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Use a 5% dilution or less (5 drops in 1 teaspoon). One can also apply the carrier directly followed by one or two drops of the essential oil. Warm the hands to make for a soothing massage. Massage the baby’s tummy and lower back with circular motions with this ointment. Hold and cuddle the baby close afterwards. Make sure the baby is warm. Make a warm compress of the same ointment for the baby after the soothing massage and place on the stomach or back for a continuing effect of comfort.

Applying the ointment to the feet with a foot massage is also effective.

Safety Precautions: Check safety data for oils that are safe to use with babies. Remember that a babies skin is sensitive. Also do not let the baby rub his or her eyes after touching the area with the oils.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

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Rachel - For babies' colic/upset stomach/gas bubbles, Digest Zen is AWESOME!  One night recently, my daughter woke up with terrible pains and was crying.  Nothing was comfortable for her.  I rubbed some Digestive Blend on her stomach, Lavender on her feet, and she nursed back to sleep within MINUTES!  It was such an amazing experience to really witness my beloved oils helping my beloved baby feel better.

 

Dany - Does anyone have any experience with colic or a colicky baby? Lavender seems to help some on her feet, but the discomfort seems to come back pretty quick.  Should I use Digestive Blend?  Should I dilute it?

Kathy - Proper diet after birth might be the most important thing to consider. If baby isn't sleeping for more than 1 to 2 hours consider first, nursing times.  You should give baby 30 min nursing times. If the baby falls asleep then try to wake him up. If he has a full belly he will likely sleep longer.  Allow him time to digest the milk after feeding.  Your lack of sleep (the mom) can causes lower immune function post partum depression. You should be using Grounding Blend and Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) on yourself.  Apply topically as a reflexology application or on the major pressure points and large veins of the body (neck, wrists).  Also research and consider your own diet.  If you are using formula, consider researching alternative formulas that he might be more compatible with him.  I love homemade formulas using VCO.

As for the essential oils for the baby.  Consider Geranium and Lavender as topical applications to the feet.  Also consider VCO and Digestive Blend to the babies tummy.  Work the oils out from the navel in a clockwise motion.  A warm compress over the belly (receiving blanket from the dryer) can also give some comfort after applications.

Diffuse Calming Blend in the baby’s room.

Stephanie - Consider your diet.  The first thing I tell moms to do when they have a baby who is experiencing colic, is to go off dairy completely. Dairy is usually the number 1 culprit.  This means cheese, milk, ice cream, butter, yogurt etc. Stay away from dairy for at least 2 weeks, and see if this helps.

Remember, things that cause you to be extra gassy, will cause baby the same.  This may include white flours and sugar, or sweet carbohydrates. Digestive Blend woks great, but it should be diluted, it is too strong on baby's tummy full strength, but can be applied directly to baby's tummy.

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Pam - I have a friend who has a baby that is about a month old.  They believe she has colic or acid reflux, because she cries about 80% of the time.  Any suggestions for her?  Thanks!

Wendy - Pam you may try Digestive Blend. Before (...) we would use a product from a health food store with catnip and Fennel and it worked great, since discovering (...) we use Digestive Blend for our little boy and it works great. Just a dab on the pinky finger and right on the tongue and it seems to do the trick quickly. He would make a horrible face and momentarily object but would get over it very quickly. Of course on the feet or tummy would also work. Good Luck!

Rob - For a baby, I would try Digestive Blend or Peppermint with a few drops of carrier oil and drop them right in the infants belly button, then begin lightly rubbing in a clockwise circular motion around and away from the belly button.

 

Nettie - My daughter in law is concerned about her new baby who is suffering from reflux just about every feed.  She has tried him on some mixture she purchased from the pharmacy but the little man is still not happy.  I was wondering if Digestive Blend might help.  Of course being a new baby we are very cautious at using anything. Also, since she is breastfeeding would there be any benefit in her taking the oils herself internally?

Pat - (...) Essential Oils from womb to tomb. Yes, use a very small amount of Digestive Blend on the babies tummy with a little carrier oil. You can continue it every hour until the relief is achieved.

Donna - Ginger or Peppermint on the bottoms of the feet or tummy in a clockwise rub about 1 drop to about 3 of the coconut oil. You can use Lavender and/or Chamomile on the tummy too. Mix up a roll on and that way it is already diluted and easy to use.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

 

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