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Colic is when a baby cries a lot but there's no obvious cause. If you believe your child may have colic, please continue reading for more information regarding the condition and the treatment options available...

What is colic?

Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying or fussiness in a healthy infant. All babies cry, but your baby may have colic if they cry for over 3 hours a day, 3 days a week for at least 1 week. They may also cry more often in the afternoon/evening. Colic usually begins when a baby is a few weeks old and will usually stop by the time they are 6 months old.

Your baby may be also have colic if:

  • it’s hard to soothe or settle them
  • they clench their fists
  • they go red in the face
  • they bring their knees up to their tummy or arch their back
  • their tummy rumbles or they’re very windy

What can I do to help my child suffering from colic?

If your child is suffering from colic, there are a number of ways you can help them.

  • hold or cuddle your baby when they’re crying a lot
  • sit or hold your baby upright during feeding to stop them swallowing air
  • wind your baby after feeds
  • gently rock your baby over your shoulder
  • gently rock your baby in their Moses basket or crib, or push them in their pram
  • bath your baby in a warm bath
  • have some gentle white noise like the radio or TV in the background to distract them
  • keep feeding your baby as usual

Next steps…

Babies with colic does not usually need to see a GP. There is no specific treatment for the condition, however if you are concerned about your child, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by booking a telephone consultation with one of our experienced pharmacists for advice and support.

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