Rachel Schwartzman, N.D, L.Ac, Doula Shares Easy Natural Ways to Soothe a Fussy Baby #wellbeingwednesday
Imagine you just had your baby, life is blissful. The baby sleeps, eats, and coos like a little angel. Then time passes and that perfect angel is crying, fussy and keeps you up all night. Maybe it’s colic? Teething? Constipated? You are a tired mess. For this Wellbeing Wednesday I am sharing with you natural ways to soothe a fussy baby.
Try Chamomile. Whether you drink the tea and the baby gets it thru the breastmilk, you give some to your baby that has started eating solids, or give a homeopathic remedy, chamomile is well known for soothing an anxious nervous system and calming a tense tummy. For the homeopathic you can try Boiron’s Camilia. These liquid ampules are easy to administer and safe at any age. As a herbal tea I pick it up in bulk from Noah’s Natural Foods, mix it with a little honey and drink away!
You can never go wrong with a probiotic. It is a great way to treat colic caused by tummy pains. It feeds the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut and supports immune health. A nursing mom can take it and the baby will get it through the breastmilk or you can give it directly to the infant. Try Genestra’s HMF line, Genuine Health’s new fermented probiotic or BioK yogurt containers. Just a few of my faves.
Put it in the freezer. If your baby is eating solids, you can freeze an apple wedge, chunk of banana or pear and let your little one suck on it. You can pick up a netted container, pop the frozen food in, so you don’t have to worry about them choking. The frozen treat will soothe their gums, keep them busy (parenting win!) and provide some healthy nutrition. If your little one doesn’t eat yet, pick up a non-toxic teething toy and place that in the freezer. I have never seen an infant turn down something to suck on.
Castor Oil Tummy Rubs: If you have seen me as an ND, I have likely told you to do this! Castor oil tummy massages are a great way to improve digestion, reduce inflammation, and soothe an anxious nervous system. No baby will refuse a massage!
Hold your baby: You will not spoil your baby by soothing your little one. Babies need to be held. A lot. Your gentle touch, warmth, calm voice and soothing heart beat are a sure way to calm any infant down.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Please remember to consult with a medical or naturopathic doctor if you have serious concerns.