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How to treat colic in babies

Updated on June 29, 2011
How to treat colic in babies
How to treat colic in babies

Colic babies

 When babies cry for more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks, they said to have colic. Colic usually starts between the third and fifth week after birth and usually goes away by 3 months of age. No one is sure what causes colic. Babies who have colic are usually healthy, so it is not caused by a medical problem. Below you will find how to treat colic in babies.

Symptoms of colic babies:

  • Loud and continuous crying for 2 to 3 hours at a time.
  • Babies face gets red.
  • Face may be cold.
  • Baby may lift their head and pass gas.
  • Hands may be clenched.

How to treat colic in babies:

1. Walk with your baby.

2. Give your baby a warm bath.

3. Rock your baby in a rocking chair or craddle.

4. Put your baby in a swing.

5. You can go for a drive with a baby in a car seat.

6. Swaddle your baby in a soft blanket

7. Hold your baby across your lap and massage his or her back.

8. Singing lullabies to your baby can be powerfully soothing.

9. Sucking: Occupy your baby with a pacifier, infant bottle, or a mother's nipple

10. Burp your baby frequently.

Call your health care provider if:

  • Your baby's cry changes from a fussy one to a painful one.
  • Your baby stops gaining weight.
  • Your baby has a fever.

Eliminate milk for a week if your baby has colic
Eliminate milk for a week if your baby has colic

 How to treat and adjust your diet while breastfeeding a colic baby:

1. Milk: Eliminate milk and its products from your diet for 7 to 10 days to see if your baby colic improves. Some of the foods made with milk include buttermilk, yogurt, margarine, casein, hydrolysates, lactalbumin, sour cream, whey, nougat, puddings made with milk, cream cheese, chocolate milk, strawberry milk, curds, instant mashed potatoes, coffee creamers, and white sauces. A protein found in cow's milk is a known trigger for colic in babies.

2. Cruciferous vegetables: Eliminate gas inducing vegetables from your diet such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, brussel sprouts, onions, and hot peppers. Eat these vegetables in moderation if your baby has colic.

3. Eggs: Eliminate egg and its products for a week if your baby has colic. Sometimes eggs may irritate your baby's stomach. Some of the egg products include bavarian creams, breaded foods, cream pies, cream puffs, cake, pancakes, french toast, cookies, eggnog, bread, ice cream, pasta, doughnuts, egg rolls, egg noodles, hollandaise sauce, puddings, custard, marshmallows, mayonnaise, muffins, pretzels, tartar sauce, waffles,cream fillings, and creamy salad dressings.

3. Citrus fruits: Avoid citrus fruits such as lemon, oranges, pineapple and grapefruit. Citrus may cause allergic reaction in newborn babies.

4. Peanuts: Avoid peanuts and its products including chili, ground nuts, artificial nuts, marzipan, baked goods, candy, peanut butter, and mixed nuts.

5. Spicy foods: Spicy foods can be  difficult for the baby to digest. They may drink your milk just fine but get upset later on. Spicy foods can result in a baby having an upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

6. Beverages: Try to avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine products while breastfeeding. Both may cause colic in babies.

6. Other foods: Other foods to eat in moderation for colic babies include wheat, corn, garlic, apricots, melon,and prunes. These foods might cause allergic reactions in the baby.


Omit one food at a time for 7 to 10 days and see your baby's reaction or improvement.



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    • kiddiecreations profile image

      Nicole Kiddie Granath 4 years ago

      My son did a lot better once I went off dairy. Before that, he was always super fussy, gassy and in pain in the evenings. Thanks for sharing these tips!

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      NaturalremedyMomma 6 years ago

      Boil quite a bit of dill (fresh, frozen or dried) in water. Wait for the water to cool, strain to remove the dill and let the infant drink the water. It always works.

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      amir 6 years ago

      good diagnose

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      AutumnLockwood 7 years ago from Northern California

      I just let my baby burp and he stops crying. It doesn't work every time though.

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      Adam Sherman 7 years ago

      We gave our baby Infacol (simethicone) and it helped a lot! Simethicone works by causing the small gas bubbles to join together so that it is easier for the baby to expel the bigger bubble thus easing pressure and pain. Takes a couple of days to work but it will save your sanity!!!

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      Free Baby Coupons 7 years ago

      Great hub and this is an extremely important topic especially when you have a little baby.

      Thanks for sharing it with us:)

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks for this, we have a 2 month old boy who cries quite a bit, not sure if he's collicy, but we'll take your food recommendations to heart.