Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Colic in Children

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Remember that babies will cry for a certain length of time every day under normal circumstances. Learning how to interpret your baby's cry can take time, but is helpful in dealing with colic. The symptoms of colic usually resolve by the time a baby is about four months old, but in the meantime, here are some additional suggestions:

  • Make sure your baby is not hungry, but don't force feed if he is not interested in the bottle or breast.
  • Change your baby's position regularly. Babies like to see different views of the world.
  • Give your baby interesting things to look at: different shapes, colors, textures, and sizes.
  • Talk to and sing softly to your baby.
  • Rock and walk your baby.
  • Place your baby in an infant swing on a slow setting.
  • Rub your baby's back while he or she lays on your lap or on the bed.
  • Go for a ride in the car. The motion of the car often soothes babies.
  • Try using something in your child's room that makes a repetitive sound, like a ticking clock or heartbeat audio tape.
  • Hold and cuddle your baby. Your baby can't be spoiled by too much attention.
  • Take a break and let an adult family member or friend care for your baby from time to time. Taking care of yourself lowers your stress level and may help your baby as well.
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