3 Ways To Help Your Baby Who Has Cramps

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Cramps are the nightmare of every parent.
Instead of cuddly babies, who happily asleep in bed (how we usually imagine that), in the home rule weeping, and hysteria of the parents.
It is estimated that 40% of babies have colic, which usually begins in the third week and ending in the fourth month of life.
But there are no rules – some babies have colic already in the hospital, which sometimes lasts until the child reaches the age of 6 months.
Unfortunately, conventional medicine offers no answer to the question as cramps and how to treat them.
Cramps do not indicate a disease but a symptom. The cause of colic is not known yet, but there are several theories as to what might cause them.
Alternative and conventional medicine point out the following possible causes cramps:
– allergy or sensitivity to some food from the mother’s menus,
– immature digestive and nervous system of a child,
– gases,
– GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease),
– swallowed air during feeding or crying,
– the emotional stress of baby after birth,
– the nervousness of parents, which is transmitted to the baby.
Currently, the world’s prevailing theories about GERD and the immaturity of the digestive and nervous systems baby, while theories about the impact of the mother’s food to cramping are considered outdated.

How to cure cramps

Recent research
Recent research gives hope to the hearts of parents. 3 natural ways can really help fight cramps – and this is scientifically confirmed!


1. Probiotics

The latest method of treating colic, the most promising, are probiotics. It was found that babies who suffer from colic have a lack of probiotic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, the application of probiotics with cramps makes good sense. The 28-day study conducted at the University of Turn in Italy tested 90 babies with colic. Half of the babies a day are given a few drops of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri (100 million bacteria), while the other half was taking simethicone drops.
The research results have been dramatic: in the first group of the baby, the condition has improved as much as 95%. Babies were crying just 50 minutes a day, for comparison with another group, in which the baby cried 2.5 hours and more.
The product, which was used in this study, the probiotic strain (Lactobacillus reuteri) from BioGaia. It is assumed that other types of probiotic bacteria may be effective in cramps. Investigations are continuing.

2. Gripe water (Splash against spasms)

Influenza water, or water anticonvulsants, the product prepared according to our old grandma recipes. The guidance contains extracts of chamomile, fennel, lemon balm and other herbs to calm and improve digestion. Until recently it was thought that the efficiency of these plants are superstition.
However, new research shows that they really work.
In the first study, the blend of chamomile, fennel and lemon balm, which has reduced the time of baby crying by 50%. The result of the plants lasted for another two weeks after discontinuation of therapy.
In another study, babies were given 0.1% emulsion of oil of fennel 4 times a day. The emulsion is reduced cramps even by 65%. During the first and second study did not experience any side effects.
The most popular products in the world against cramps are Mommy’s Bliss and ColicCalm. If you can not get them, will help and plain tea of fennel for babies (best of ecologically grown herbs, without added sweeteners).
Note: when selecting the waters against cramps avoid products that contain alcohol and baking soda.

3. Homeopathic remedies

Homeopathy has proven to be particularly effective in treating children’s ailments. Homeopathy offers a full range of preparations for cramps, such as Chamomilla, colocynthis, Dioscorea, Magnesium muriatic and Magnesium phosphoric.
Preparation determines experienced homeopath on the basis of symptoms, which has a baby. The most popular preparations against cramps are Colycinthis and Chamomilla.

What does Ayurveda?

Ayurveda believes that cramps are the disorder of Vata dosha. Therefore is recommended to massage the tummy of the baby, who has cramps, with sesame oil, which is good for Vata dosha.
Other plants to reduce Vata-problems: anise, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger.
Results of some products can be seen immediately, while others need several weeks to take effect. Be persistent and do not give up – cramps can be treated!


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