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Colic and Teething: Irritable, crying, fussy baby and it’s not a fever! Colic - Treatment Options

7. Should I treat my baby’s colic?

Colic will go away on its own with no long-term adverse effects.8 It does not require treatment. However, many parents want to do something and will try different treatment options.

8. What are some available over-the-counter products for colic?

None of the over-the-counter colic products have been actually proven to help with colic. The table below highlights the colic products.

ClassDoseHow it worksSide effectsComments
Probiotic agents (such as BioGaia®)Give 5 drops once daily, 30 minutes after feeding1Replenishes inadequate levels of healthy bacteria in the baby’s gut None reported

Generally well-tolerated

No long-term data
May only work for breast-fed babies11

Some studies have shown that it works and may work after 7 days of regular use.

If no improvement after 21 days, stop using it11
Simethicone 40mg/mL) (such as Ovol®) 0.25 -0.5 ml with or after feeding1

Maximum: 1.5 mL/day13
Decreases gas and helps for gut discomfort Does not work very well, but is safe to try

May be added to formula, or given directly13

Start with the lowest dose first and then increase slowly if needed, do not exceed the maximum daily dose. If the product does not work after using it for a few days, stop using it.

9. Which colic treatments should I AVOID and could possibly HARM my baby?1

Inappropriate therapy1CommentsSide effects
AlcoholDoesn’t workIntoxication, low sugar levels
SedativesDoesn’t workDrowsiness and problem breathing
Gripe water Doesn’t work

Some products contain alcohol and sugar
Flatulence (gas)
Diphenhydramine (Benadryl®)Doesn’t workDrowsiness, constipation

Note

Note

You must consult a healthcare professional about the appropriateness of any of these methods.