Everything about my baby boy was so perfect from the very beginning. He is adorable, breastfeeds very well, and hardly cries- just looks at you with his dark blue eyes. I wondered how I got so lucky, and wondered what was going to be tough down the road. I mean, you can’t just get so lucky.
Then I realized it would be gas. Gas would be an ugly, constant, painful thing for my poor baby. The first time he got it, I was absolutely terrified! He was laying on a blanket looking around at about two weeks old, and all of a sudden, without anyone touching him, his arms and legs went stiff, his eyes bugged out and he started screaming as if his arm had been severed off. I mean, everyone from every room came out in a panic to see what was wrong! I had never seen this with my siblings, so I am sitting there with my head reeling wondering what is going on. After about 30 seconds, it all just stopped and he was back to smiling. We were at a complete loss, and figured it was some kind of a fluke.
But then it happened again a few days later, and then one day later, and before we knew it, it was happening a few times a day. After some research on the internet and a call to the pediatrician, I was assured it was bad gas, and nothing life threatening. But it pained me as much as it pained him to see my baby like that and not be able to help him through it. So, I knew there had to be some way to prevent it. I make sure I burp him several times during a feeding, and do lots of tummy time. I will lay him across my legs with his butt straight in the air, and just let the farts fly. But we were still having issues.
I decided to try making a homemade gripe water since we are trying to go as natural as possible. I called a pediatrician again, because I looked on the internet (bad idea for a new mom) and you have to be careful about what ingredients you use, and how much you give them. I am so paranoid, I only give him half of what my pediatrician said would be okay, and it has helped so incredibly much! And with only 4 ingredients, it is super simple to whip up whenever we need it. Look below to find out how to make your own!
Homemade Gripe Water:
- 2 C. Water
- 1 Chamomile Teabag (chamomile as only ingredient)
- 2 Tsp. Anise Seed (not the stars)
- 1 Tsp. Sugar
- Bring the water to a simmer over medium high heat, and add in the teabag and anise seed.
- Simmer together until you have a light honey color.
- Remove the teabag and strain out the anise seed.
- Bring to a boil again and reduce to about 1/2 – 3/4 cup.
- Stir in the sugar and set aside to cool.
- Store in a mason jar or an airtight container, and give your baby 1/2 – 1 tsp. at a time using a dropper AFTER feeding.
- Store leftover gripe water in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
You can give this gripe water to you baby at room temperature or cold. My baby prefers it cold- I think the coolness can help sooth his belly pains. 🙂
What helped your baby through their gas pains?