Babies sometimes appear to cry for no apparent reason, especially after feeding. The cries tend to occur suddenly, are prolonged, possibly for hours, the hands may clench and the feet turn cold, the legs flex and extend frequently. This can occur any time, day or night. The babies will appear inconsolable. An sign that will indicate the probability of colic pain is a distended abdomen, or an abdomen that is rather firm on palpation.
What are they?
So what exactly is colic pain? The latter are a result of muscular contractions caused by obstruction. Hollow, tubular organs such as the large intestines and gall bladder, are usually affected. The pain can be intermittent. Colic pain is commonly called ‘trapped wind’. Needless to say, they occur in adults too.
In babies, overfeeding and undiluted fruit juices and food can lead to colic pain. In some cases, food hypersensitivity or allergies can lead to them. These can happen to adults too in addition to emotional stress.
What can help?
Mature (aka old) ginger. Wash it thoroughly. Either soften or slice about an inch of it (do not discard the skin as it is effective too). Put the ginger in a pot with enough water to fill a mug. Bring to boil and leave on boil for about 10 minutes. Strain and drink. Keep the dregs for a second brew. Young fresh ginger can be used if mature ginger is not to hand.
Yu Yee Oil
It is best not to give the ginger brew to infants. “Yu Yee Oil” is effective and can be purchased from my clinic. A few drops on the abdomen and rub gently in a clockwise direction. Alternatively, some fresh ginger juice may serve as substitute for the Yu Yee medicated oil. Yu Yee can be used on adults too.