6 folk remedies for infant colic

Infants often experience colic, bloating, causing discomfort and fussiness. In addition to adjusting breastfeeding habits and positions, parents can apply “folk remedies for infant colic” However, it’s important to prioritize the safety of the child and consult a doctor before applying any method.


Causes of Infant Colic

  1. Immature digestive system: Infants have immature digestive organs, which can lead to bloating if the food digestion process is not efficient.
  2. Swallowing air while feeding: Improper breastfeeding techniques or positions can cause infants to swallow air, leading to bloating.
  3. Mother’s diet (if breastfeeding): Some foods consumed by the mother can create gas and pass to the infant through breast milk.
  4. Underlying health issues: In some cases, prolonged bloating may indicate lactose intolerance, food allergies, or other digestive disorders.


Folk Remedies for Infant Colic

  1. Belly massage: Gentle clockwise massage around the abdomen stimulates bowel movement, aiding gas expulsion. Adding a little tea tree oil can provide warmth and comfort to the infant.

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Gentle clockwise massage around the abdomen stimulates bowel movement, aiding gas expulsion

  1. Basil leaves: Traditional medicine suggests that basil leaves have warming properties, aiding in reducing bloating and promoting digestion. Usage: Boil basil leaves to make a diluted solution for the infant to drink or bathe the infant in.
  2. Ginger: Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties and supports digestion. For infants over 1 year old, warm ginger water combined with a little honey can be effective.


Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties and supports digestion

  1. Garlic: Mashed garlic wrapped in clean cloth and applied to the infant’s abdomen can reduce bloating due to its antibacterial properties.
  2. Citrus peel infusion: Citrus peels contain essential oils that support digestion. Boil citrus peels to make a tea for the infant to drink.
  3. Probiotics: Using probiotics can supplement beneficial gut bacteria, supporting digestive balance and reducing symptoms like bloating. Consult a doctor to choose the right probiotic for infants.


Assisting Infants in Reducing Bloating and Gas

  1. Anti-bloating breastfeeding positions: Choose comfortable breastfeeding positions for infants, minimizing air swallowing. For bottle-fed infants, select bottles designed to prevent reflux and bloating.
  2. Burping assistance: After each feeding, hold the infant upright and gently pat their back to help them burp, expelling excess gas from the stomach.


After each feeding, hold the infant upright and gently pat their back to help them burp, expelling excess gas from the stomach


When to Seek Medical Attention

Parents should take their infants to see a doctor if they notice the following signs:

  • Prolonged bloating, excessive crying, no improvement after applying folk remedies.
  • Other severe symptoms such as continuous vomiting, diarrhea, fever, lethargy, refusal to feed.
  • Continuous prolonged bloating for several days.


Here are some related studies about “folk remedies for infant colic“:

  1. A 2016 study showed that belly massage reduced crying and improved digestion in infants with colic.
  2. Basil leaves contain warming properties and essential oils that help reduce intestinal spasms, bloating, and aid digestion.
  3. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and supports digestion, reducing bloating.
  4. Garlic possesses antibacterial properties, reducing bloating caused by intestinal bacteria.

Notes When Applying Folk Remedies for Infant Colic:

  • The effectiveness of folk remedies may vary in each infant.
  • Always consult a doctor before applying any method.
  • Use safe ingredients and ensure hygiene.


The article has provided comprehensive information on the top 6 folk remedies for infant colic, which may provide supportive effects and alleviate discomfort for the baby. However, it is important to choose appropriate ingredients and perform procedures safely. Most importantly, parents should seek advice from a pediatrician, especially when the infant’s bloating condition is severe or prolonged.






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