Common Colic Treatments

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If your baby has colic, you’ll find that just about everyone has some advice to offer you. Some of that advice is good, and helpful. Other advice is based on myth and legend, and might even do more harm than good.

Weeding through all of the information (and misinformation) can be a challenge. It’s hard to know what will work and what won’t.

Further complicating matters is the fact that there’s not one proven, solid cure for colic that works for every colicky baby. If there were, someone would bottle it and get $1,000 a piece for it.

There are some common colic treatments, however, that have worked for some babies in the past. Here are five of the most common effective colic treatments around today:

  1. Gripe water. Gripe water is, essentially, a herbal solution that will help your baby calm down and relax. Europeans have been using gripe water for centuries. Some gripe water contains different ingredients from the next one on the shelf, too. If one kind doesn’t work for your baby, it doesn’t mean that another type won’t work.
  2. Infant massage. Sometimes, infant massage techniques may help your baby relax and stop crying, too. There are a number of infant massage techniques you can use. For the most part, you’re going to massage your baby using circular motions in a soft fashion, and do so from head to toe.
  3. Infant chiropractic care. Some chiropractors are specifically trained to help infants, and for certain colicky babies it can be a real help.
  4. Change your diet. If you’re breastfeeding, it could be that some of the things in your diet are disturbing your baby’s tummy, leading to colic. You can certainly try to identify what food or foods it might be through trial and error. Some of the most common foods to blame include dairy, eggs, wheat, as well as very spicy foods.
  5. Change formula. If you’re not breastfeeding, you might be able to help with colic by changing formula. Sometimes, a relatively mild dietary change is all that it takes.

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