Essential Oils for Colicky Babies
by Healthy Baby Weight contributing writer, Chris Peterson.
Before I became a new mom I was terrified by the cry of any baby, yet, ironically, I ended up with the worst crying baby out there!!!
She was so colicky,….. no formula was right for her. We switched a lot to find the right one, but none seemed to work.
Because I had a C-section, I had been offered the option not to breastfeed (wrong choice but did not know this then) .
The decision NOT to breastfeed, and my inexperience with baby issues, cost me my sanity. My daughter cried a lot and I ended up with a nervous breakdown.
My scenario back then: Mom (me) would feed the baby, let’s say at 9. The baby would begin to fuss at about 11, so mom (me) would think I should feed again, because “she must be hungry.” But the reality is that the 9 o’clock feeding was just about to be digested. The baby would have needed to wait another hour till her tummy was empty. But mom (me) would feed the baby at 11 to stop her from crying. This new fresh milk would be mixed now with the fermented, almost -digested ,milk. The almost-digested milk, by now, would hang around in the tummy until the 11 o’clock, and so of course, the fermented milk would start to cause gas that would make the baby cry because she was very uncomfortable. But I would think: “ baby must be hungry” and I would feed her again. This cycle went on and on. Not knowing what to do, I would resort to changing formulas. It was not a happy situation and this is why I am here to tell you all of this stuff, so that you do not have to go through the same ordeal I went through.
Thank God for social media!
Below are some testimonials taken from the YL website given by moms who have discovered the wonderful world of essential oils to help them with any issue they have with their kids.
“We have successfully used PEPPERMINT for our colicky baby. At first I was concerned about it being too strong for the baby, so I put Peppermint on my hands and held them on the baby’s tummy. It worked like magic. Little by little I gained some confidence and started to mix a few drops into a massage oil and rubbed directly on his tummy. The relief was almost instant. Our baby would either burp or release gas. His body would relax, and he would sleep peacefully”
– Patti M.
“Gentle Baby™ is a soft, fragrant combination of essential oils designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin, I have used this blend and highly recommend it”. – Margie C.
Recipe for Essential Oil Treatment to Ease Colic in Fussy Babies.
Dr. David and Lee Stewart, authors of Safe Alternatives in Childbirth, Five Standards for Safe Childbearing, Healing Oils of the Bible and The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple, for colic babies recommends: bergamot, ginger, mandarin, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, or ylang ylang. (http://oilsforhealthykids.com/guide.html)
Editor’s Note: HBW has not read this book, so we do not endorse it officially, but we welcome your comments on what you think about their ideas! Have any of you moms out there had success with their methods? Why/Why not?
Blend together: Combine 2 Tbsp. Almond oil with 1 drop Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop geranium. Mix and apply to stomach and back.
My Tips For Easing Colic:
Consider what is causing the colic. Based on my experience, a colic comes as a result of not letting the previous feeding fully digest before putting in fresh milk. The older, almost digested milk then has to sit around while the new, fresh supply is digested. This eventually causes the older milk to ferment, and in my opinion, creates a colic. If moms let the baby fully digest the first batch (waiting 3 full hours between feedings) the colic disappears. The Essential Oil is not going to stop the fermentation, but it will help ease the pain of the gas that is caused by it.
NOTE: When using essential oils on babies and children, it is always best to dilute 1-2 drops of pure essential oils with e1/2-1 tsp. vegetable oil. If the oils are used in a bath, always use a bath gel base as a dispersing agent for the oils.
Editor’s Note: Here at HBW, we recommend using organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil instead of vegetable oil (since vegetable oil can often contain GMOs). For a bath salt, you can simply use a few drops of essential oil in some epsom salt for a chemical free bath alternative to the bath gel base. (use 1 Cup Epsom salt + 2-3 drops essential oil and slosh in the bath water until dissolved.)
Note: Burping the baby, and keeping the abdomen warm with a warm (not hot) water bottle can bring relief.
My advice to you is this: if you are opting for an holistic alternative to treat your child in any issue: beware of imitations. Not all essential Oils are equal. Young Living has been rated with the highest seal of approval, it contains no chemicals used in growing or distilling. Young Living has the world’s largest herb farms for the production of essential oils.
For more information please visit: www.OilsForHealthyKids.com
Chris Peterson is a mom with a mission: Leading an Holistic Revolution to stop this overly medicated society. She is an Holistic Energy Practitioner who has a passion for educating moms in alternative medicine, you can reach Chris Peterson at 734-961-227
Editor’s Note: HBW thinks Young Living offers a good source of essential oils, and we thank Chris Peterson for sharing her experience and advice in this article. I know I, personally, dealt with a colicky baby when E was younger and would have loved to have read this information back then!! Please note that pure, healthy, essential oils are available online from other distributors besides YL, and it’s fine to shop around.