Home remedies for baby colic include changing the baby's food or milk, changing the nipple type of the bottle and medications such as gas drops or anti-reflux medicine, explains WebMD. It is important to check with a pediatrician before giving a baby any medicine.Continue Reading
Calming the baby's senses can also help soothe colic. Swaddling, using white noise, infant massage and soaking the baby in a warm bath are good ways to calm it, says WebMD.
Though colic has a broad definition, the term is generally applied to any baby who cries more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks, states WebMD. It starts around two weeks of age and in most cases goes away on its own by month three or four. Breast or bottle feeding does not affect it.
The exact cause of colic is a mystery and that is why there's no official treatment for it. Some theories on the cause of colic include tummy trouble from cow's milk, reflux, gas, hormones and a sensitive developing nervous system, explains WebMD. If concerned, parents can thoroughly examine the baby to rule out possible medical causes such as an infection, acid reflux, inflammation of the nervous system or an irregular heartbeat.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers