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Could Your Baby's Crying Be Colic?

Treating Colic continued...

Calming the Senses

  • Swaddle your baby.
  • Try giving him more time in a front baby carrier (the kind you wear over your chest).
  • Take your baby for a ride in the car (but not when you are sleepy).
  • Use "white noise" (such as static on the radio or the vacuum cleaner), classical music, or a "heartbeat tape" next to the crib.
  • Try infant massage.
  • Put a warm water bottle on your baby's belly.
  • Have him or her suck on a pacifier.
  • Soak baby in a warm bath.
  • Try an infant swing.
  • Increase or decrease the amount of stimulation in the environment.
  • Watch out for over-stimulation or increased fatigue

Medications

  • Anti-reflux medicines, if reflux is suspected, may cut down on acid production or help to move the milk downstream.
  • Use anti-gas drops.
  • Try giving the baby "gripe water," but check the ingredients first. Most contain only herbs, but some from Europe may have alcohol or phenobarbital, which you should avoid.
  • Although there is limited scientific evidence to support the use of homeopathic drops for colic, some parents say they have helped their colicky baby. Look for the ones that contain probiotics.

NOTE: Check with your pediatrician before giving your baby any medication, including over-the-counter drugs, herbs, and supplements.

Sometimes, parents think a certain treatment has worked, but the colic might have just gotten better on its own. Other times, parents don't find an intervention that works well and just have to wait for the fussiness to improve on its own at 4 months or so.

Beware of "cures" that are guaranteed to work for all babies. There is no such thing.

Coping With Colic

It's challenging to have a baby with colic, and it's normal and common to harbor feelings of anger and resentment toward your cranky little one. You are not a bad parent because your feelings turn dark and sour in the bad times. Don't feel guilty that you have these feelings. Everyone does.

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WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on May 26, 2014
Edited by Cynthia Dennison Haines, MD on March 15, 2006

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