Do not use unapproved, unproven, or potentially dangerous
substances or methods as treatment for your baby who has colic.
Potentially dangerous treatments include:
Gripe water. Varying ingredients are used in blends labelled as
gripe water. In some batches, alcohol is a main ingredient. Ask your baby's doctor before using gripe water.
Medicines, such as antispasmodics or sleep aids. These
and other medicines can have potentially serious and even deadly side effects
in infants. If your doctor prescribes them to treat other symptoms your baby is
having, be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
a hot-water bottle or heating pad on your baby's stomach. Babies burn
easily-do not use heated items such as these.
Quieting a baby with alcohol. Even dipping a
pacifier in brandy or other alcoholic drinks is
Methods not proven effective include:
breastfeeding. Sometimes people believe that the
mother may not be producing enough milk for the baby or that her baby is
allergic to the milk. But this is rarely the case, and weaning a colicky baby
to formula can make the colic worse.
Feeding foods (such as baby
cereal and solids) earlier than recommended.
Switching to a
soy-based formula when milk allergy symptoms are not present.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics