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Understanding Colic: Treatment

What About Other Colic Remedies?

You may have heard that some home remedies can relieve colic. Most aren’t proven and they could hurt your baby. Always talk with your child’s pediatrician before trying something new. These are things you may have heard about.

  • Rice cereal in a bottle. This is a definite no-no. It's a big choking hazard, and it is not proven to work.
  • Herbal remedies such as chamomile, or gripe water. It’s best not to use these. The FDA doesn’t regulate over-the-counter remedies. You can’t be sure what they are made of, and ingredients aren’t always labeled. Some can have things in them that are very bad for your baby, like alcohol or opiates. Babies can also have allergic reactions to them. They’re also not proven to work.   
  • Simethicone gas drops. These can be OK to try. But will they work? They may or may not help.

Take a Break

Colic isn't just hard on your baby. It can wear you out, too. When the pressure of trying to calm your crying baby gets to be too much, leave him with a sitter, family member, or trusted friend and get out of the house.

Even if you just go for a walk or grab lunch, take a break to relieve some stress. When no one is around to help, it's OK to leave your baby in the crib or playpen and go into another room briefly until you regroup.

No matter how frustrated you get, never hit or shake your baby. If you ever feel like you might hurt him, call your doctor right away and ask for help.

Also call your doctor if your baby:

  • Has diarrhea, especially if you notice blood in it
  • Doesn’t eat or gain weight
  • Has a fever of 100.4 F or more
  • Vomits
  • Might be sick or injured
  • Seems less alert or more sleepy than usual


WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on May 27, 2015
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