Colic

Also indexed as:Abdominal Pain (Infants), Infant Colic
Calm your fussy baby’s colic by getting to the root of the cause. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Calm your fussy baby’s colic by getting to the root of the cause. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Try an OTC remedy

    Relieve your baby’s discomfort from gas buildup with over-the-counter simethicone (Mylicon)

  • Give calming herbs a try

    During colic episodes, give your infant 1/2 cup (118 ml) of a tea made from chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and lemon balm

  • Find a new formula

    Cow’s milk formula may cause colic in some infants; try switching to soy or a hypoallergenic product

  • Don’t let your infant “eat” air

    To prevent babies from swallowing air, feed them in the sitting position and burp them frequently

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