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Colic - Infant

Description

Colic is a broad term referring to uncontrollable, extended bouts of crying in a baby who is otherwise well-fed and healthy. It usually occurs in babies from 2 weeks old and lasts up to 3 or 4 months. Babies with colic look uncomfortable and may lift their legs or become red in the face. Colic is not a serious condition but is distressing to the family and can be relieved and sometimes prevented with colic medication.

Our Advice
  • If you are breast feeding, cut out wheat products, spicy food, alcohol, caffeine and certain vegetables, i.e. broccoli and cabbage.
  • If you are bottle feeding try switching your baby to a different formula milk.
  • If your baby has a lot of wind, be sure to burp him/her regularly. If bottle fed you may also try feeding the baby in a different position.
  • Try soothing your baby by carrying him/her in a front sling or by giving the baby motion in an infant swing.
  • Take time for yourself. Having a crying baby in the house is stressful so ask your partner or a friend to relieve you for a couple of hours.
  • Colic normally disappears of its own accord after 3 or 4 months.
  • If you wish to discuss ways to relieve your baby's colic, please ask our pharmacist for advice.