Unfortunately for parents who have a baby with colic, there really are not very many medical options available. There is not an anti-colic shot that they can get, nor a syrup they can drink. Part of the reason for this is that we just aren’t sure what causes colic. While colic does not have any long term negative effects on a baby, it can certainly be frustrating for parents. For this reason, many parents have tried to use homeopathic treatments for colic.
There are homeopathic ingredients you can try to use to help to calm your baby’s stomach. Most of the homeopathic treatments for colic make the assumption that the colic is caused by some sort of a disturbance in your baby’s gastrointestinal tract. One of the most common homeopathic treatments for colic is chamomile, or chamomilla. Chamomile is a homeopathic treatment that is thought to provide pain relief, as well as relaxation for your baby with colic. Another possible homeopathic treatment for colic is Wild Yam, also known as Dioscorea. Wild Yam helps to prevent spasms in the gastrointestinal tract. A third homeopathic treatment for colic is bitter apple, or colycynthis. Bitter apple is used to prevent or to relieve intestinal cramping.
One of the most common homeopathic treatments for colic is something called gripe water. Gripe water often uses herbal as well as homeopathic treatments to try to reduce or eliminate your baby’s colic. Here again, gripe water operates on the theory that colic is related to the gastrointestinal tract. Gripe water uses things ike ginger, fennel, sodium bicarbonate, and often Chamomile to treat colic. If your baby’s colic is caused by gastrointestinal problems, gripe water may be the answer.
Keep in mind that homeopathic treatments for colic have not been clinically tested and approved by the FDA. This does not mean that they can’t work, only that there is not government oversight in the manufacturing process of such treatments, and the possible negative effects of those treatments have not been studied. As always, you should consider speaking with your health care provider before administering any treatment for colic.