Do not use unapproved, unproven, or potentially dangerous
substances or methods as treatment for your baby who has colic.
Potentially dangerous treatments include:
Gripe water. Varying ingredients are used in blends labeled as
gripe water. In some batches, alcohol is a main ingredient. Gripe water is an
herbal home remedy that is not considered safe by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA). Some companies sell gripe water in the United States as a
dietary supplement, instead of as a medicine, bypassing FDA regulation.
Medicines, such as antispasmodics or sleep aids. These
and other medicines can have potentially serious and even deadly side effects
in infants. If your doctor prescribes them to treat other symptoms your baby is
having, be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
a hot-water bottle or heating pad on your baby's stomach. Babies burn
easily—do not use heated items such as these.
Quieting a baby with alcohol. Even dipping a
pacifier in brandy or other alcoholic drinks is
Methods not proven effective include:
breast-feeding. Sometimes people believe that the
mother may not be producing enough milk for the baby or that her baby is
allergic to the milk. But this is rarely the case, and weaning a colicky baby
to formula can make the colic worse.
Feeding foods (such as baby
cereal and solids) earlier than recommended.
Switching to a
soy-based formula when milk allergy symptoms are not present.
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