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Now on Monday, I told you I was going to share another one of my unconventional tips for mothers and parents out there. Well today is the day I share and it is about “getting rid of colic in babies” (local style).
I recently shared it with my friend and her mum who battled with colic after she had her first child so now that she just had her second, she sought my advice on how to get rid of it. And I thought why don’t I also share this method with my lovely readers? 🙂
So here goes:
This post is for all those parents out there who are unable to get enough rest due to something called “COLIC” that affects babies from birth up until six months when it completely vanishes. Basically, as a result of “colic”, the baby for unknown reasons keeps crying for more than three hours in a day, EVERY DAY. Unlucky parents experience this crying at night.
Like my mother-in-law describes it, she says it is caused by the opening in the navel where the umbilical cord was attached from. That opening according to her takes a long time to heal and even though it closes on the outside after a few days after birth, it takes longer to completely heal on the inside.
So (still according to her), it is that healing process that makes the baby very uncomfortable and makes them cry unceasingly even after you have fed, changed and napped them. They still can’t seem to stop crying.
She says it gives them the same feeling of having menstrual cramps and you already know how menstrual pain can be uncomfortable in women now imagine in a little baby.
Some of you must have tried all the “gripe water” they sell in the market just to get your baby to stop crying as a result of colic but still to no avail. Today’s method is a definite remedy to all of that and as you pretty much have already guessed the source of my unconventional/local style solution to colic is MY MOTHER-IN-LAW.
Yeah! All thanks to her, I only know the theoretical aspect of Colic as I actually never experienced it with my child.
So for your information, her method doesn’t only get rid of colic, it has been proven several times to PREVENT it as well.
Once again, this method has been tested and tried SEVERAL TIMES. So feel free to use it but I advise first timers should have an older woman present to administer it like your mum or anyone with more experience in handling babies. It’s not compulsory but precautionary.
Now, I am sure most mothers are familiar with the act of pressing the navel (utobolo) with hot water. When I say “pressing” I do not mean the utobolo itself but rather the “surroundings of the utobolo”.
Usually, when bathing the baby, you use a wash cloth to press the surroundings of the utobolo in order to relieve the baby of gas, cramps and what have you.
Well this method tackles colic from that aspect as well and here’s what you do.
Firstly, here are the ingredients needed:
UDA seeds (the spice used to make pepper soup)
The baby’s navel that fell few days after being born (utobolo)
A small piece of cloth (like the pieces of a wrapper)
New Lantern or Charcoal
Don’t worry guys; we’re not making soup lol
Now the second step is to mix the ingredients.
You take the alligator pepper and the UDA seeds and put them into the piece of cloth (I usually double the cloth) then you crush them together (manually) till they have reached a powdered form. Do it manually and not with a blender or any other equipment. You could simply pound them with a pestle till it crushes completely into powered form.
After it becomes powdered, take the baby’s utobolo that fell few days after birth and put it into that mixture. Be sure to remove the utobolo that fell from the clip before putting it into the crushed mix.
After you’ve put it in the mix, you tie the cloth tightly using a small rope. Be sure it is tight enough so it doesn’t loosen. Also, make sure you tie the cloth allowing it to have a flat base which would enable it stand erectly on a surface.
Next, you light up the lantern or charcoal. I personally prefer charcoal for no reason in particular. It’s just my personal preference.
If you choose to use the lantern, all you need do is put kerosene in it and light it with matches but if you’re using charcoal, you have to light up the charcoal until it becomes red.
You CANNOT make use of the charcoal while there is still fire, flame or smoke on the coal. You have to make sure you completely put out the fire or flame and blow out the smoke from the coal until it becomes red before you can use it. So it actually requires some form of expertise.
The lantern on the other hand is much easier to use and requires no technique or expertise to light up so you could just stick to that.
The next and final step is the act in itself.
All you have to do is heat up the cloth containing the crushed alligator pepper and UDA seeds and the utobolo.
To heat it up, you place it directly ON TOP of the lantern head or you place it a few inches ABOVE the charcoal.
If you choose to use charcoal, DO NOT place the cloth directly on top of the coal otherwise it will burn the cloth. Place it FEW INCHES above it instead. The top of the lantern is not directly in contact with the fire so it is safe to put it directly on the top of the lantern.
NOTE: I must say that you can only make use of lantern or charcoal to heat up the cloth. The use of other form of heat source like iron, gas flame and others is not advisable as iron could burn the cloth and so could direct flame.
After the cloth has heated up, you MUST test it on your cheek first. Not on the back of your hand but ON YOUR CHEEK. The skin on the back of the hand is tough enough to withstand hot temperature so make use of your cheek instead.
Keep dabbing the cloth on your cheek until you are sure the temperature is warm enough for your baby to withstand.
Please do not make it too warm or cool otherwise, it will defeat the purpose. The cloth actually needs to be hot and the process of testing it on your cheek is not to cool it down completely but to reach a bearable temperature for your baby. Above all, the cloth still needs to be HOT.
Now that the temperature on the cloth has been tested on your cheek and approved by you to be bearable by your baby, the next thing to do is to repeat what you usually do when you use hot water to press your baby’s utobolo while bathing.
Take the cloth and press down firmly around the baby’s utobolo several times until the heat from the cloth subsides then you put the cloth back on top of the lantern or few inches above the charcoal to reheat it.
After it has been reheated, you test the temperature on your cheek again and repeat the pressing of the surrounding of the baby’s utobolo.
Repeat this process 15 to 20 times at a go and do it two times a day before you give your baby his or her morning and night bath.
Like I said earlier and like you probably know, colic is present in a baby for up till SIX MONTHS after which it completely vanishes. My mother-in-law says to continue this “pressing” for the entire six months but I did it for only THREE MONTHS with my baby and it still served its purpose so I would advise you also do it for three months as well.
You begin as soon as your baby’s navel has fallen off and continue until your baby reaches his or her three months mark.
Before your baby’s utobolo falls off and also while you are doing the local pressing, I recommend you still press with hot water. There’s no harm in tackling colic from every angle.
After your baby is born and before the utobolo falls off, you press the surroundings of the utobolo with hot water using a washcloth during the baby’s bath then after the utobolo falls, you begin pressing using the local style before the bath and also using hot water during the bath.
Let me just say that your baby is going to be VERY uncomfortable during this pressing and will definitely cry and wail VERY LOUDLY. But you must hold your cool and keep at it. After all, it is for their benefit. Less colic means less crying and more sleeping for baby and for the parents as well 🙂
If you do this religiously, I can guarantee your baby WILL NOT experience colic at all to say the least.
Like I said, I do not even know how colic really affects babies because I used this method after my baby’s navel fell and it completely prevented it entirely.
So that’s it guys! My local style of getting rid of/preventing colic.
I really do hope you have learned something from me today. Go and spread the word 🙂
Do you have any other unconventional ways of treating colic?
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