The Facts About Baby Colic Relief

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Colic occurs in babies around the age of two or three months and is generally outgrown without treatment by the age of six months. As colic has no single cause the treatments are more often than not a case of trial and error.

Treatments which can successfully ease colic include:

Gripe water - commonly used to treat colic. It is a herb solution (often containing ginger, peppermint and camomile) which helps the stomach and intestines.

A car ride - this is thought to calm infant colic because of the vibrating motion. There are devices you can by to create this experience within the baby's crib.

Medication - in some cases doctors or paediatricians will prescribe medicines to relieve the baby's gas. However, as not all colic is caused by gas the results will vary.

A ride in a swing - colicky babies can find this motion soothing.

Sit your baby upright during feeds as this may stop them from swallowing air.

Change your diet - if you are breastfeeding try to avoid caffeine, spicy food and alcohol as this can aggravate a baby's colic.

Wind your baby frequently - always burp your baby after a feed and try to burp them throughout the day. It is both natural and healthy for your baby to spit up small volumes of milk. In the event that your baby always, or almost always, spits up in excessive amounts after feeds you should make an appointment with a paediatrician as soon as possible to rule out baby acid reflux; also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

White noise - for example noise from a washing machine or vacuum cleaner.

Gently massage your baby's stomach or back or place your baby in a warm bath.

Stop feeding your baby dairy products - or remove dairy products from your diet if you are breastfeeding - may also ease colic as sometimes it is caused by a temporary dairy intolerance. If your baby is formula-fed discuss which hypoallergenic milk formula is most suitable for your baby with your doctor.

Remember colicky babies will always outgrow the condition; normally by the age of six months. Around 25% of babies worldwide suffer from colic, although the severity can vary greatly, so it may be worth asking family and friends if they have any experience of the condition and have any advice for you. Even knowing they understand can help immensely. However, if you are finding it difficult to cope with your colicky baby contact your doctor or paediatrician immediately to discuss possible treatments.

If your baby's colic does not subside within 6 months of their birth it is likely to be acid reflux and may need medical treatment.

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As a father, Steve Phillips aims to provide useful advice to help you ease your child's pain and find baby colic relief. While you should always seek a medical diagnosis and advice, there are many ways you can help your child.

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This article was published on 2010/12/05