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Colic

Also indexed as:Abdominal Pain (Infants), Infant Colic
Calm your fussy baby's colic by getting to the root of the cause. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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  • For an herb, supported by traditional use but minimal or no scientific evidence. For a supplement, little scientific support.

Our proprietary "Star-Rating" system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

SupplementAmountWhy
Probiotics
Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner3 stars[3 stars]
Research suggests probiotics may benefit babies with colic who are breast-fed or fed milk-based formula.
Chamomile
1/2 cup (118 ml) of tea three to four times daily2 stars[2 stars]
Chamomile is a carminative herb with long history of use as a calming herb and may be used to ease intestinal cramping in colicky infants.
Chamomile, Vervain, Licorice, Fennel, and Lemon Balm
1/2 cup (118 ml) of tea up to three times daily2 stars[2 stars]
A soothing tea made from chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and lemon balm has been shown to relieve colic more effectively than placebo.
Fennel
1 to 4 teaspoons of a water emulsion of 0.1% fennel seed oil, up to four times per day2 stars[2 stars]
In one study, supplementing with fennel seed oil relieved colic in 65% of cases, compared with 24% of infants receiving a placebo.
Caraway
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Caraway relieves intestinal cramping and, in this way, may ease symptoms of colic.
Cinnamon
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Cinnamon is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.
Fumitory
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Fumitory is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.
Garden Angelica
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Garden angelica is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.
Hyssop
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hyssop has mild sedative properties and may also be helpful in relieving colic, but research is lacking.
Peppermint
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
This gas-relieving herb is usually given to the infant as a tea. Peppermint tea should be used with caution in infants, as they may choke in reaction to the strong menthol.
Yarrow
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Yarrow is a gas-relieving herb used in traditional medicine to treat colic. It is generally given by healthcare professionals as teas or decoctions to the infant.

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