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 distressful to the family and can be relieved and sometimes prevented with colic medication.
- 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, make 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.
Products we recommend for this condition are:
- Colief Infant Drops 7ml - Transient lactase deficiency can result in the temporary digestive discomfort caused by undigested lactose in food. This can be an important factor in some babies with colic. Colief® may help reduce the hours of crying by breaking down the lactose in the babys usual milk and making this more easily digestible. Safe to use from birth. Sugar free. Always read the label. Keep out of reach of children.
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