Having had a baby who suffered with colic, I am always interested in reading any new studies that are related to new findings on treating colic.
Colic, which affects up to 25% of all infants, results in frequent and inconsolable crying throughout the day, and seems to have no “known” etiology. Parent’s are at their wits end and are ready to do anything to help console their baby (yet alone get some rest themselves).
I am convinced as both a parent and a doctor that the person or persons that discover the cure for colic will not only win the Nobel Prize, but will also win the hearts of every parent who has ever suffered ”with” their colicky baby!
A study in the March, 2011 issue of Pediatrics from researchers at the Peninsula Medical School in the UK, looked at 15 different studies of over 940 babies and different treatments for colic. These studies included complimentary and alternative medicines that have been used including supplements, herbs, sugar water, probiotics, massage and reflexology.
The review basically showed that none of the ”treatments” were found to work consistently and the study design was even often flawed. There were some “encouraging results” for fennel extract mixed herbal teas and sugar water, but all of these needed further study.
So, once again it comes back to the basic tenet for treating colic, “Tincture of Time” and ”TLC”.
I’ll keep reading and for those of you looking for a “fix”, I assure you I have felt your pain, and the only thing I can add is “this too shall pass”. None of these medicines is easy to swallow!
Do you have a favorite treatment for colic? Let me know and we’ll share it.