Infant colic: What works - What doesn't?

Linda S. Nield, Deepak Kamat

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Infant colic is a diagnosis of exclusion; its true cause is not known. To rule out alternative diagnoses, obtain a detailed history, look for dues to an underlying organic disease or genetic syndrame, and perform regular head-ta-tae physical examinations. The interventions most commonly used to treat colic include modification of parental behavior (such as increased carrying of the infant or decreased infant stimulation), milk- and/or soy-free formulas, modifications in the diet of a breast-feeding mother, soothing measures (such as car rides, rocking, or use of a pacifier), antichalinergic agents, sedatives, and alternative medicine approaches (such as sucrose solution, herbal teas, or infant massage). The medications used to treat calic - such as antispasmadics and antichalinergics - can have serious adverse effects; discuss the pros and cons of drug therapy with parents before prescribing these agents. Remind parents that calic resolves by age 3 to 4 months, regardless of the intervention used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)481-485
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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