Colic - How To Help Your Little Monkey

Monday, 23 February 2015 12:14:48 Europe/London

What is Colic?

 

Colic can be defined as bouts of inconsolable, prolonged crying lasting three hours or more, several times a week, in an otherwise healthy baby who is feeding well. It occurs more often in the late afternoon and evening, and your baby may arch their back or pull their legs up towards their tummy. The cause of colic is not yet fully understood, although a possible cause is trapped wind or indigestion causing pain in the gut which is still maturing. Colic occurs equally in both girls and boys and in breast and bottle fed babies, and usually disappears by six months, probably as the digestive system matures.

 

Is There Anything That Can Help?

 

If you suspect your baby might have colic, it is important to seek a diagnosis from your GP so that the possibility of any other conditions can be ruled out. Once diagnosed, there is no real “cure” for colic but there are things you can do to help relieve your baby’s symptoms:

 

*Cuddling or wearing your baby in a sling may help to comfort them.

*Try to keep baby in a more upright position when feeding in order to minimise the swallowing of air.

*Always “burp” baby after a feed.

*A warm bath, with water covering the tummy can be soothing.

*Gently massaging baby’s tummy can be calming and comforting but most importantly may ease the passage of trapped wind in the intestine.

 

Baby Massage for Colic

 

Gentle massage on baby’s tummy is recommended by both the NHS and colic support charity Cry-sis as one of the things that may bring relief to colicky babies. As well as helping symptoms, the calming and bonding experience of massaging your baby can have a really beneficial effect on both of you.

 

  • Before you begin, make sure your hands are clean and warm and that baby is safe and comfortable, perhaps on a soft towel on the floor.
  • Place some oil on your hands and rub together.
  • When massaging baby’s tummy, use soft, gentle strokes working in a clockwise direction. This is important as it follows the natural movement of the intestines and may help to move along, in the correct direction, wind or poo which may be causing discomfort.
  • Gently bringing baby’s legs up towards their tummy and holding for a few seconds is a good move to perform after this as it can further help the passage of wind through the intestines.

 

At Organic Monkey, we have formulated our Belly Bright Organic Tummy Oil with gentle tummy massage in mind. Using a base of fine organic oils, we have included both Neroli and Lavender essential oils, known for their calming and soothing properties, making this oil perfect for massaging your little monkey’s tummy.bellybright

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Top 10 Uses for Nappy Balm

Tuesday, 4 September 2012 13:26:28 Europe/London

Top Ten uses for Bumfluff Nappy Balm

 

Our multi award winning ‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm is a mums everyday essential but, as we have discovered, it has a wealth of other uses too.

 

From our own experiences and those of you that have fed back, we know that our nappy balm not only keeps babies bum in peachy condition but is a fantastic multi functional aid for the whole family.

 

The Star Ingredients

 

  • Organic & Fairtrade Shea Butter - one of nature’s miracle ingredients, Shea is an excellent moisturiser, working deep in the skin helping to heal and nourish. Packed with vitamins A & E and with strong anti-inflammatory properties, Shea keeps skin healthy and leaves it feeling soft and smooth.

 

  • Organic Beeswax - creates a natural protective barrier for the skin, repelling water from the skin to keep baby’s bottom soft and dry. Also contains soothing and softening properties

 

  • Vitamin E  -this enriching oil energises and enhances the skin's natural regenerative processes. Suitable for all skin types it is incredibly nourishing and nutritive 

 

  • Organic Lavender Essential Oil - lavender has antibacterial and healing properties, making it perfect for sensitive skin.  It’s also well known for helping alleviate the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

 

  • Organic Roman Chamomile Essential Oil - the gentlest form of chamomile, used for centuries to encourage relaxation and serenity as well as possessing pain relieving properties, perfect for calming the most stressful of little monkeys

 

We have compiled a list of the TOP 10 uses for our nappy balm:

 

1.  As an Effective Nappy Balm

 

Developed to naturally nourish and protect against conditions that may lead to nappy rash, a clever blend of organic ingredients create this rich, protective barrier for baby’s bottom. This highly effective balm contains Fairtrade Shea Butter, Beeswax and organic Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils which work to nourish, protect  and restore irritated areas whilst increasing the skins natural moisture retention capacity.  Also available unscented.  

 

2.  To Reduce Dribble Rash

Most babies dribble at some point in their first few years and dribbling normally increases during teething when more saliva is produced. Nappy balm can be used to provide a barrier between your baby’s chin and their dribble, which reduces the irritation causing the rash whilst also helping to moisturise and nourish the skin.

 

3.  To Nourish Dry Skin and Eczema Patches

With its gentle, organic blend of oils and Vitamin E content, nappy balm is great for nourishing dry skin and eczema without causing irritation. The organic lavender essential oil also aids healing and it is great for sensitive skin.

 

4.  A Moisturising Lip Balm

With its shea butter and beeswax content, nappy balm makes an effective lip balm, leaving lips super soft and moisturised.

 

5. To Soothe Sore Noses

Nappy balm is great for soothing rough, dry, sore skin around noses caused from wiping and blowing. Dabbing a small bit onto the affected area will help to relieve and moisturise.

 

6. To Combat Winter Buggy Hands

We have all experienced cold, chapped hands from pushing our prams and buggies in winter. Gloves are impossible and impractical with little ones so try rubbing some nappy balm into the backs of your hands to protect them from the elements and keep them soft and moisturised

 

7. To Soothe Grazes

Use nappy balm to help soothe small grazes. With it’s natural blend of organic oils and vitamin E content, it will soothe and nourish damaged skin.

 

8. To Moisturize Knees & Elbows

Knees and elbows can have the roughest and driest skin on the entire human body. Soften the whole families with an intensely moisturising treatment of nappy balm.

 

9. A Nourishing Eye Cream

For tired, dehydrated skin around the eyes, dab on a bit of nappy balm. It soothes the area as well as moisturizes.

 

10. To Lubricate Zips

And a bit more random to finish…..the next time one of your kids zips gets stuck, try rubbing some nappy balm on it and the natural oils will help lubricate it to run more smoothly.

 

‘Bumfluff’ Organic Nappy Balm costs £10.50 for 50ml.  Available at www.organicmonkey.co.uk and leading independent baby stores nationwide or call 01273 903975 for customer care.

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We won silver!

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 09:37:43 Europe/London

We are delighted to announce that our Belly Better Tummy Oil has just won a silver award from Bizziebaby - the website designed intentially for all mums and dads looking for the best, in depth product reviews online.


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