Colic remedies for baby

Newborns cry for many reasons, and some babies more than others. All little ones respond differently to their new environment outside the womb, and crying is their way of communicating that they’re uncomfortable or stressed.

However, colicky crying differs to normal crying in that these otherwise healthy babies cry for no obvious reason, and can remain inconsolable for hours (often in the evenings).

About one fifth of babies develop colic, usually around the two to four week mark. It’s defined as crying for more than three hours a day, for at least three days a week, and for at least three weeks.

Persistent infant crying could be colic (which is harmless), but it could also be a signal of some other physical distress. Consult your GP or paediatrician to rule out any physical reasons. If it turns out to be colic, here are some tips to manage this stressful and exhausting time.

Best colic remedies for baby:

  • Have tummy time Place your baby on their tummy across your legs, and rub their back.
  • Carry them Helps to make them feel supported, close to you, and snug.
  • Keep them moving Motion can be relaxing, so walk, rock, or take them for a car ride.
  • Hold them upright This helps with any discomfort associated with wind.
  • Use an anti-colic bottle It ensures a natural flow to help your baby drink without swallowing any air.
  • Switch formula Try a different formula, or have your baby tested if you suspect cows milk allergy or intolerance.
  • Baby massage A gentle tummy massage in slow circular movements can be calming.
  • Try a dummy Often effective for settling and soothing babies (read this first).
  • Give them probiotics Lactobacillus reuteri can help reduce crying in breastfed babies (ask your GP).
  • Swaddling Helps to make your baby feel safe, secure, and settled while they sleep.
  • White noise Great for blocking out loud and sudden startling noises, and replicates the sound of the womb.
  • Consider your diet Consult with your GP about whether you should try eliminating any gas-causing foods.


The fourth trimester is a wonderful but often challenging period. Colic is common in babies and in most cases is short-lived. Hang in there mumma, it will pass. Experiment with different remedies, but know that what works one day might not necessarily work the next. If you’re feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, please seek advice and support from your GP, maternal and child health nurse, family, and friends.

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