Dr. Greene

10 Tips to Reduce Colic

1. Motion Some families report relief with gentle movement, whether from a swing, a car ride, a ride in a jog stroller, or a parent’s arms.

2. Massage Baby massage in general and belly massage in particular. A warm bean bag can be a nice tool for this. Some babies are helped with the addition of one of the infant vibrating products during massage.

3. Changing mother's diet For breastfed babies, eliminating certain foods could help. Cow’s milk, eggs, nuts, or wheat are the most likely to make a difference – especially if there is asthma, eczema or allergies in the family.

4. Changing to a hypoallergenic formula For formula-fed babies, the switch is sometimes powerful.

5. Changing bottles Bottle changes can produce improvement in colic. In a recent survey, over 90% of Moms agree that Born Free® Bottles rank better in helping to reduce all colic symptoms compared to their current bottle system.

6. Changing feeding technique Switching from nursing at both breasts at each feed to prolonged emptying of one breast cut colic in half in one study. Sucking on a pacifier or thumb between feeds can help whether a baby is breast or bottle fed. Frequent burping after feeding can also help.

7. Soothing noise Heartbeat recordings, white noise machines, recordings of babies yawning, or the gentle voices of parents sshhing, humming, or singing a lullaby.

8. Herbal remedies Chamomile, fennel, and balm mint each decrease intestinal spasms and have been shown to reduce colic in some studies. But be sure not to give enough tea to decrease a baby's intake of milk.

9. Probiotics Compared to placebo, taking beneficial bacteria reduces crying for some.

10. Swaddling Being wrapped snuggly comforts some babies.

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Your Comments

Buy a baby bjorn front backpack....it helps 100%!
3/23/2012 10:04:45 PM

It really ddpenes on your baby. I recently changed my son from having a bottle of breastmilk every 3 to every 4 hours. He takes anywhere from 5-8 ounces. I don't think he should have any less than 4 bottles a day. My son's schedule looks like this5 AM nurse (3 oz would be my guess)7AM 5 ounce breastmilk and breakfast right after11AM 6-8 ounce bottle followed by lunch an hour later3PM 6-8 ounce bottle5-6 PM small Dinner7PM 5-7 oz bottle
3/20/2012 5:14:10 AM

My doctor said there was nothing to do for my babies colic either. Don't listen to them get another opinion!!
3/19/2012 11:04:46 AM

Try giving gripe water. It helps with the tummy pain. Also, a lot of colic ibbaes love to be warm and bounced. So, I would take some receiving blankets, throw them in the dryer and swaddle him up in the nice warm blankets. Then I'd put him up on my shoulder and bounce him and pat his back. It always worked like a charm. A question I have is are you formula feeding? If you are, I would talk to your pediatrician about trying a soy based formula. We thought my son had colic until we switched him and realized that he was allergic to milk. Once we started the soy, his tummy pains went away and he no longer screamed after a feed. If you are breastfeeding, try eliminating all dairy from your diet and see if that helps any. Also, burp burp burp that baby! We had to stop after each ounce and burp him. This keeps any gas bubbles from getting trapped in his belly which will cause him to cry too. Colic is rough, but it does end. I promise!! The usual time for colic is 2-4 months with the peak being 3 months.
3/14/2012 9:19:21 PM

You can get infant and adult probiotics at any health food store or online
3/12/2012 11:21:23 AM

I was told recently my newborn has colic. I have heard about probiotics and wanted to try it, but his doctor said that there is nothing that can be done for colic. He is breastfed exclusively. Where can I get probiotics?
3/12/2012 2:33:48 AM

Michele Behlen
I learned that sucking on a pacifer between feeding helps.
3/10/2012 6:37:03 AM

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Dr. Greene

Dr. Greene is a practicing pediatrician, author, speaker, children’s health advocate, and father of four.

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Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York based pediatrician and a mom of two children.