Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Colic improves on its own, often by age 3 months. In the meantime, there are few treatment options. Gas-relief medications, such as simethicone (Gas-X Infant Drops, Infants' Mylicon Gas Relief, others), haven't proved very helpful.

Some research suggests that treatment with probiotics — substances that help maintain the natural balance of "good" bacteria in the digestive tract — can soothe colic. More research is needed, however, to determine the effects of probiotics on colic.

Talk to your baby's doctor before giving your baby any medication to treat colic.

Jul. 06, 2011