Overview: 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
Oils & Blends:
DigestZen, Ginger, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint
Essential oils based
Bergamot, Black Pepper, Fennel, Marjoram, Melissa, Wild Orange
Application: Make a very mild dilution
of DigestZen, 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
Our thanks to:
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 DigestZen 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
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 DigestZen?
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 Balance and Elevation 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 DigestZen 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 Serenity 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. DigestZen 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.
6 Simple Everyday Rules for a Healthy Mom and Babe
1. Water - 3-4 quarts everyday
2. Dark green leafy veggies everyday
3. Healthy Mama Tea everyday
4. Liquid Chlorophyll – 1 Tablespoon everyday
5. Protein at every meal and protein snacks in between
6. Certified pure, therapeutic grade
essential oils everyday
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?
Wendy - Pam you may try DigestZen.
Before DoTerra we would use a product from a health food
store with catnip and Fennel and it worked great, since
discovering DoTerra we use DigestZen 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 DigestZen
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 Digestzen 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 - doTerra Essential Oils from womb
to tomb. Yes, use a very small amount of DigestZen 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.