5 Natural Ways to Relieve Babies Gas, Reflux & Colic

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Many babies between around 1-4 months suffer from gas, reflux and a smaller percentage, colic. If you’re reading this you likely have a baby with it and my heart goes out to you. We’ve been there and it’s not fun! Have faith though, there ARE ways to help.

Babies immature digestive tracts are not digesting well yet, whether they’re on breast-milk or formula. Tiny tummies seem oh-so-sensitive to even the tiniest of air pockets!

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So here are my top 5 gems, which helped us immensely:

  1. Manual help – ie. Massage, shoulder rides, and bicycles.

Massage can work well, and is an opportunity to soothe and bond with your baby, and also to use some lovely calming pure essential oils like lavender and roman chamomile.

Weleda have an excellent Baby Tummy Oil, with 100% pure essential oils, specially formulated for gas & colic.

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Try the I Love You massage technique.

In the very early days the only thing that seemed to help our baby was up on a shoulder with his upper stomach pressed on the top of the shoulder, so Zyah spent lots of time riding around on his Daddy’s shoulders!

You can also lie baby over your knee, in a similar way, to have the same effect.

We also found bicycles really helpful. Firmly but gently cycling the legs can help to release trapped air pockets.

Regular tummy time can also assist in moving gas out naturally.

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2. Burp burp burp!!!

At that age, you can’t burp your baby too much. I initially thought that just after a feed is fine but soon learned that several mid-feed burps are essential, or anytime your baby makes an ‘eh eh’ sound.

This is a particular cry a baby will make when they have wind, and the sound is caused by a tightness in their diaphragm.

See the Dunston Baby Language method for more about this. Downloading the app is handy too.

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Reflux & posseting (baby spews) are usually caused by continuing to feed on top of trapped wind so eventually, the wind pocket comes up pushing the milk up with it.

Far better to help the wind pocket out first, then continue feeding.

Take your baby off to burp when they start to slow down, NOT when they are still feeding hungrily since the frustration of being taken off can cause them to gulp and swallow more air.

 

3. Consider your feeding technique

I noticed a difference when Zyah’s latch improved after a phrenectomy for a lip-tie. He wasn’t taking in so much air as his mouth was sealing better.

It may be beneficial to see or speak to a lactation consultant to ensure that your baby isn’t feeding too fast, plus it can help to feed them in a more inclined position, with mouth above the belly.

If you are bottle feeding try an Anti-colic Baby Bottle or a slower teat like the NUK’s.babies gas reflux colic

The LUX Nature Anti Colic Baby Bottle was a favorite for us as it also mimics breastfeeding.

We had a short period where we were supplementing with formula, (until Zyah’s lip tie was treated, his latch improved and my milk supply went back up), so it was essential to have a bottle which didn’t create nipple confusion
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4. Gripe Water 

Be very discerning when choosing gripe water or other remedies for gas, as many contain questionable ingredients (even the so called ‘natural’ ones).

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Wellements Organic Gripe Water is a good one. Just be mindful that since it contains no preservatives (a good thing!) you need to keep it in the fridge and it only keeps for around 4 weeks.

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5.Colic Calm 

This was a Godsend for us!

I’ve recommended it to others who’ve found it extremely helpful too. It’s the best formula I’ve come across, and made a big difference from Day 1. It contains activated charcoal (and homeopathics), so is black in color – not so great for the laundry! – but we found this wasn’t a problem when we added it to Zyah’s bottle and he was refluxing way less.

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We found that once Zyah was around 3 months his gas pain & reflux settled a lot, so we were using the Colic Calm rarely, and just used the gripe water as a maintenance.

 

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Going Deeper

The Emotional Link: One last thing I’ll add is to notice how you’re feeling when your baby’s particularly uncomfortable. I found it was worse for Zyah if I was anxious.

Babies are so super sensitive to when we are holding onto unresolved fear! Our babies and children will very often reflect what we ourselves are feeling.

It can help to simply talk about what we are afraid of or worried about, rather than just letting it kind of bubble around.

Owning the fear by saying to someone ‘You know I’ve been really worried about……’ and exploring what it is you’re actually afraid of. Having an intention to resolve the fear rather than continuing to push it away or justify having it, is what makes the difference!

Read more about emotional processing here.

For tips on naps & sleeping, check out this article

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Over to You

Tell us about you and your baby. What has been helpful?

 

I truly hope this was helpful and that your little one finds sweet relief!

 

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2018-08-23T01:48:32+00:00

About the Author:

Sam Sundara is the creator of Holistic Mumma, a passionate writer, health coach, educator, and mum. With a background of 18 years as a natural therapist, in community services & counselling and a passion for spiritual psychology, Sam offers a holistic view to parenting & wellbeing.

One Comment

  1. Angela Cameron August 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Babies magic tea is our lifesaver. Our 5 week old baby boy has been super colicky and has reflux. He always has to be held upright and constantly being burped. He spits up regularly, probably after every feeding. He cries and screams uncontrollably four hours every night and hasn’t slept more than 3 hours!! We did the GRIPE-Zantac- nothing worked. lol. my faith in natural products has been restored since we started this tea. He started releasing gas like never before! He hasn’t spit up much!

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