Colic improves on its own, often by age 3 months. Unfortunately, there are no proven treatments that consistently help every baby. Treatments that have been tried include:
- Gas-relief medications. Available over-the-counter, gas-relief medications such as simethicone (St. Joseph Baby Infants' Gas Relief, Infants' Mylicon Gas Relief, others) probably won't do much to ease your baby's symptoms. These medications are generally considered safe, except for babies who have to take thyroid replacement medications.
- Probiotics. Probiotics are substances that help maintain the natural balance of "good" bacteria in the digestive tract. Since babies with colic may have an imbalance of these helpful bacteria, researchers have tried to replace some of these probiotics in a number of studies. One in particular, called Lactobacillus reuteri, significantly decreased colic symptoms. But, study results have been mixed. Some have shown benefits, while others have found none. Overall, experts don't feel that there's enough evidence to recommend the use of probiotics for treating colic right now.
Talk to your baby's doctor before giving your baby any medication to treat colic.
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