Related Terms :

  • Infantile Colic

Colic is when a baby cries inconsolably for no clear reason. Crying is often in the afternoon or early evening. It often happens at the same time each day. It can start as early as two weeks and often stops by five months of age. The cause is not known. It is thought to be due to a young digestive system.

It is treated by reducing stimulation and changing diet and feeding techniques.

Natural Therapies

Natural treatments may help to soothe their babies.

Likely Effective

  • Probiotics —may reduce the time breastfed babies cry. D1-D6

Possibly Effective

Unlikely to Be Effective

  • Gripe water (herbal extracts, bicarbonates, and sugar) C3—see safety concerns below
  • Herbs (except fennel), such as balm mint, chamomile, lemon balm C2
  • Japanese star anise tea C1 —see safety concerns below
  • Mixed herbal tea C2

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements your baby is taking. Some may get in the way of your baby’s treatment plan or other health problems. Some supplements listed here have certain concerns. For example:

  • Gripe water may result in side effects, such as stomach upset or allergic reaction.
  • Herbal products (such as fennel) in infants raise concerns over side effects, alcohol content, and lack of product oversight.
  • Japanese star anise is poisonous and should not be used in infants. Side effects can be vomiting, irritability, and seizures.

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