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Remedies for Treating Baby Colic

Updated on December 24, 2010
Treat infant Colic with Colic Remedies
Treat infant Colic with Colic Remedies | Source

Infant colic can be stressful and exhausting for parents. A colicky baby may cry for hours each day, without stopping to rest. Having dealt with a colicky baby myself, I know how hard it can be to calm one down. Here are some remedies that worked for me to treat colic in my son!

Treating Baby Colic with Gripe Water

Many parents feel that gripe water helps to calm their colicky baby. Gripe water is often made with ingredients like sodium bicarbonate, fennel and chamomile. These ingredients help to soothe an infant's stomach and provide relaxation to ease the pain and crying associated with colic. Some gripe water contains a small amount of alcohol, but there are many alcohol-free varieties as well.

One popular brand of gripe water is Colic Calm. Colic Calm is one of the more natural types of gripe water, containing chamomile, caraway, aloe, ginger, fennel, lemon balm and vegetable carbon. This gripe water is squirted into the baby's mouth using the oral dispenser that is included. Babies generally calm down within 15 minutes of receiving gripe water, but doses can be repeated every 30 minutes, up to three times in a day, with Colic Calm.

Infant Colic Relief
Infant Colic Relief | Source

Using Homeopathic Remedies for Baby Colic

Parents who would like to go the natural route when dealing with infant colic can try homeopathic remedies. There are a variety of homeopathic options to treat colic naturally.

One homeopathic remedy created specially for colicky babies is Boiron Cocyntal. This all natural remedy is made with Carbo Vegetabilis, Colocynthis, and, Cuprum Metallicum. A pack of Cocyntal comes with 20 pre-made doses of these ingredients mixed with purified water. To administer a dose of this homeopathic colic remedy, parents just twist the end off and squirt the mixture into the baby's mouth.

This medication can be repeated up to two times in a day, with doses at least 15 minutes apart.

Other Tips for Treating Baby Colic

There are many other options that parents can consider to treat infant colic without medication. I wrote this article on How Parents can Calm Babies with Colic that includes many great tips such as soothing sounds, motions and many other great methods that helped me to calm my son when he was colicky.

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      ludrup 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your post. I really appreciate you giving advice on natural remedies to help treat a baby with colic. Please keep up the good work. You may also want to check out http://www.MyCryingBaby.org as well

    • nbolton profile imageAUTHOR

      nbolton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      It is hard! My son had a crying period from 10 PM to 2 AM every night from one to eight weeks old. Both remedies I mentioned here were the only things that worked for me. Rocking, bouncing, singing, white noise, none of that really worked unless I used one of these things as well.

      It's troubling to think that so many parents go through this. By 2 AM every morning I was always exhausted and just hoping the crying would end soon!

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      PaperNotes 

      8 years ago

      As a parent, I remember when my daughter was still a very young baby that me and my husband spent sleepless nights because our baby kept on crying because of colic and we didn't know then what to do.

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