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Colic release techniques for relief from trapped intestinal gas


The biggest cause of colic symptoms (by far!) is excessive gas in the intestinal area. the baby will often push and strain continuously as they try to push it out. They cramp, cry and can moan and groan for hours, even when asleep.

Colic remedies may help to ease the symptoms by relaxing the muscular walls of the intestines. However, this can mean medicating for several months.


Get the farts out!

By learning and doing the techniques below, you are much more likely to see a faster overall improvement.

  • do each of the 6 exercise below for about 1-2 minutes each

  • they must be relaxed and not cramping, crying, etc

  • don't do these soon after feeding - wait at least an hour and choose a time when they are relaxed

  • go slowly and let them get used to the pressure of your fingers

  • don't force anything!

  • if they don't seem to like an exercise, move on to the next one

  • do them daily for as long as it seems to help

  • keep at it - it make take a few sessions to get the gas moving


1. Window wiper


2. Ileo caecal valve stimulation


3. Colic release technique


4. Diaphragm release technique


5. Belly wobble


6. Bicycle


Remember:

  • do each of the 6 exercises for about 1-2 minutes each

  • don't do these soon after feeding - wait at least an hour and choose a time when they are relaxed

  • if they don't seem to like a position, move on to the next one

  • do them daily for 7-10 days and you should see a marked improvement


Ongoing problem?

In some babies, the techniques work very well but after a few days, the symptoms creep back again. If you don't get the burps out, this will probably keep happening, so make sure you learn the burping routine to get it right!

It may also be due to a formula that is not being digested. Try a different one and see if there is a change - it may take a week or so to know for sure. In the meantime, keep on with the exercises so that the problem does not worsen.

In some cases, the gas pockets are simply too deep to manually release. If symptoms are severe, you may need to use medication although this is a last resort (ongoing use of remedies and medication can lead to constipation). So use sparingly and as advised by your paediatrician.