Colic can be the source of distress for infants and anxiety among parents. We provide the latest research and guidance to inform treatment strategies.
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Strategies for coping with Colic
A “colicky” and unsettled baby, who cries a lot and seemingly can’t be comforted, can deplete the energy reserves of any new parent. Alison Wall draws upon her experience as a health visitor to suggest various ways to cope with and alleviate the stress.
Evidence-based treatment for the dietary management of colic
Although infantile colic is considered to be a self-limiting condition with few, if any, long-term medical consequences1, it is often a frustrating and distressing time for new parents. Affecting as many as 20% of newborn babies in their first months of life2, colic is characterised by extended periods of inconsolable crying in otherwise healthy infants. As a result, colic is associated with high levels of parental anxiety, sleep deprivation and stress. Understandably, colic is a frequent contributor to the need for healthcare professional consultations with 1 in 6 families seeking help and advice about the management of the condition1.
Recognising and managing colic
Colic is one of the most distressing conditions otherwise ‘healthy’ infants present with. The sudden onset of prolonged crying can be frightening as well as upsetting for the parents, and inevitably by the time they seek professional advice many feel quite helpless. This article reviews the latest information and research into the condition to help you make informed and effective recommendations.