Stomach or intestinal pain in an infant. There is abdominal pain, distension, insomnia, extreme fretfulness, or hysteria. The child cries out, pulls the knees up to the stomach, and has a distended stomach.
CAUSES AND TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
- Abnormal amounts of gas are passing upward or downward, and this is causing pain.
- You can immediately give the infant warm catnip tea in a bottle. A catnip tea enema will also help. Crying spells occur at regular intervals; so, if a very warm bath is given an hour before an expected attack, it may be prevented. Have catnip tea on hand to use in an emergency.
- In addition, a hot footbath or hot fomentation over the abdomen will relieve the baby.
- If the baby is totally breast-fed, the cause is in the mother's diet. Any food the mother may eat may, through her milk, causes the baby to suffer infant colic; onions, cabbage,
garlic, wheat, yeast, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts are common offenders. Another major cause is fried food, junk food, refined food, and all types of confused food combinations. Both the mother and the child need a good diet.
- Colic in a formula-fed infant points to the food given to the child. It may be the milk, wheat, soy, or sugar in the formula. If possible, substitute vitamin-enriched goat's milk. Also try to have the mother begin breast-feeding the baby. Even if she did not begin doing it after delivery, she can, with some effort, get the flow started later. This is done by frequent attempts to feed the baby over several months.
- If the infant is bottle-fed, for added nourishment at this time you might pour boiling water over wheat flakes, to dissolve them; put them through a sieve; and add soybean milk, to bring it to a desired consistency. Potassium broth and oatmeal gruel are also helpful.
- If colic develops after weaning has begun, the new food is the problem. The infant must be given proper foods and only one new food should be added at a time, so the infant can be carefully monitored for colic, rashes, or other reactions.
- Wheat and dairy products are especially suspect. When in doubt, eliminate them first. Wheat and other grains are often introduced far too early. But this can cause the child to later develop celiac disease, which will affect him throughout life.
The infant does not have the digestive enzymes to handle grains until 5-6 months. Let grains be one of the last foods introduced, and do not give yeast bread until after a year old.
- Give fresh, boiled, goat's milk; it is far less of a problem.
- Keep diet diaries and do pulse testing, to ascertain offending foods