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The Cause and Treatment of Infant Hiccups in Babies and Newborns

Friday, 26 July 2013 07:37:54 Europe/London

Everyone is familiar with hiccups. We all experience them from time to time, less and less often as we grow older. Babies are particularly prone to hiccups, even within the womb, sometimes as early as the 6th week after conception. But hiccups are usually nothing to worry about.

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Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By Anonymous

Transient Lactase Deficiency in Infants and Babies

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:48:18 Europe/London

Colic—the word that parents dread and has healthcare professionals perplexed. Intense crying, no sleep, and often resulting in a feeling of helplessness, society strives to find an answer for what causes colic, and how we can help stop it.

A common theory of what causes colic is general pain in a baby’s developing stomach. Colic is defined as “severe, often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered esp. by babies.” But what causes that pain? That’s the golden answer which practitioners in the medical field are striving to find out.

One possible cause of colic in some babies is a condition called transient lactase deficiency (TLD). When one is lactose intolerant, they have the inability to digest lactose, which is found in dairy products. Specifically, they lack an enzyme called lactase in the small intestine—it’s that enzyme which is needed to digest lactose. Though being lactose intolerant is fairly common among adults, it’s not seen very often in babies since by definition a baby's diet consists primarily of breastmilk. Nature has evolved most babies to produce adequate levels of lactase. When the condition does show up in newborns, it’s called transient lactase deficiency, because it is only temporary. Those infants that do lack the lactase enzyme will usually start producing it around four months of age.

The abdominal pain which the infant with TLD feels (and thus, causes the intense crying) is because the infant can not break down the lactose sugar which is found in breast or cow’s milk. The lactase enzyme is what’s needed to do this. As a result, “the undigested sugar will ferment and create lactic acid and hydrogen gas, which can contribute to colicky symptoms."

Because lactase production increases in the third trimester, pre-term infants are more likely to have TLD than full-term infants. Studies show that few infants born at 28 weeks' gestation have insufficient intestinal lactase activity, whereas about 40% of infants born at 34 weeks' gestation demonstrate significant intestinal lactase activity.

While a parent is waiting for the production of the lactase to kick in, there is a remedy that can help soothe baby - Colic Calm. An all natural and homeopathic solution for colic, Colic Calm has been proven to help. Colic Calm’s unique blend of nine natural ingredients stops colic, infant reflux, gas and teething pains. So while you’re waiting for your baby’s production of lactase, Colic Calm will eliminate any pain that they are experiencing.

And most importantly, hang in there. As they say in parenthood, “This too, shall pass.” Make sure to carve out some time for yourself, and if the non-stop crying gets to you, walk away, take some deep breaths, and then come back to cuddle that screaming baby.

Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By Alex Ota

What Do a Baby’s Cries Tell Us?

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:45:33 Europe/London

Crying BabyMaybe it is a pity that babies do not get to talk earlier, from birth say. If colic problems were to kick in at around three weeks, then we could start asking them the sort of questions with which doctors so delight in perplexing us adults:

“What is the source of your discomfort and where is it located exactly?”

“Describe the intensity of the pains – say on a scale of one to ten”

“How often do these symptoms occur?”

“Do you get them just after feeding or later?”

“Do any sorts of food particularly disagree with you?”

All useful information no doubt, but if our baby really could supply the answers, perhaps we would have cause for even greater concern.

However, nature has arranged an alternative form of communication. It is usually called ‘crying’ - or in some cases, ‘screaming’ - and is often accompanied with wild hand and leg signals, and bottling up of breath for endless seconds before a full volume screech is emitted, audible from far, far away. It has the power to command our instant and frantic attention –waking us out of the deepest sleep – and never gives up trying to tell us something. Although we all know that baby’s cries are saying: “I am in terrible pain and I want you to do something about fixing it, right now…this minute…can’t you do something for goodness sake?… Soothe this horrid thing away, can’t you? You’re my parents you should know what to do”; unfortunately it isn’t always so easy to take away “the nasty pain” as we would all like. For one baby in five the cause of the trouble will be colic. As to the best way to go about alleviating it, these are questions on which medical opinion has still yet to agree, let alone provide a satisfactory answer.

What Parents are Saying

We LOVE Colic Calm. I don't know how we would have survived our child's first months of life without it. Whenever he is really fussy and nothing will calm him down, we just give him a dose of Colic Calm, followed by his pacifier, and he immediately calms down. It is an extra blessing on car rides! Thank you so much for developing this product and saving my sanity! (My baby thanks you too!)

Jennifer C. Groveland, FL

I just wanted to let you know that this product is worth every penny. In fact, I would pay a whole lot more for the relief my daughter got from even her first dose. After 15 minutes, she was completely calm and stayed that way!!! It is truly a miracle cure. Best of all, she
loves the taste!!!! You don't know how grateful I am to your company. I will recommend this to everyone I know.

Tony Z. Natrona Heights, PA

Colic Calm is Liquid Gold in my eyes. That's why I bought 2 more bottles. When we ran out - it was very tough those days that I didn't have the Colic Calm - so poor planning on my part - so I know to watch my inventory of it and will order it again before it's time!

It really does help my little son Joseph rest more easier and more soundly. He has very bad colic, and is very gassy and has very severe reflux. The Colic calm helps with all of his problems.

Thanks for a wonderful product!

Donna H. Red Lion, PA

We just love the ColicCalm Gripe Water. It has saved us many sleeplessness nights. The first day we got it our little daughter was crying and very fussy and seemed to be very uncomfortable. I gave her a full dose and within seconds she was calm and smiling. She fell asleep a few minutes after that. The first few days we had to give her several doses and now she just takes one dose a day. It has worked very well and I thank you for making such a wonderful product.

Charity W. Buffalo, MN

“There is nothing better to give your child. I tried all the “miracle cures” out there…ColicCalm is the only one that is truly natural, safe and works instantly on my 3 week old.”

C. Reynolds - Charlotte, NC

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Quite simply, nobody is really quite sure what causes colic or how it may be effectively treated with one hundred percent success. Perhaps, different babies experience different forms. Medical opinions over the past fifty years have often reflected the contemporary thinking of the time. The fifties and sixties saw widespread use of antibiotics and antacids to subdue possible digestive tract upsets; the seventies later favored a psychological evaluation of the relationship between mother and child, while current theories involve gastric problems such as allergies caused by formula food additives. Alternative medicine offers such techniques as belly massage, aromatherapy, chiropractic spinal manipulation, cranial osteopathy and even acupuncture.

Further back in time, colic was considered the product of excess stomach gas which could be relieved by rubbing and rocking the baby about until internal pressures were released in one colossal burp. Victorians often favored the use of “Gripe Waters” containing alcohol and powerful opiates. The novelist Charles Dickens tells of the copious use of London gin in subduing raucous infants, one shudders to think of the complications to the child further down the road of life. How attitudes do change, today getting one’s child stoned to stifle its cries would rightfully bring down the full weight of the law and the outrage of society.

Although colic is seldom the precursor of something truly life threatening, it is impossible to dismiss the very profound impact it can have on a family’s way of life. Colic can stress the structure of family relationships to the limit and put them at risk, along with the health, happiness and livelihood of distraught, sleep-starved parents. The fact that colic may be caused by all manner of intestinal problems does not make treatment any easier. It is certainly true that some babies are far “needier” than others and often resort to crying just to get attention and comfort. But although no parent finds it easy to ignore those insistent cries for help, sometimes a mother’s own distress will only serve to exacerbate the problem.

An infant can cry out loudly for many reasons: hunger, overtiredness, desire for human contact, sudden alarm at some external sound or movement, overheating or cold, or stomach pains caused by hunger, indigestion, reflux or excessive wind. Since we are unable to ask the child what is the problem is, we must make our own diagnosis and act on it. Different babies can be comforted by different means. Sometimes just moving the baby around or ‘white’ sound might do the trick, while a comforter may calm hunger pangs (imagined or otherwise), or just physical contact will reassure the infant and help soothe away the distress. Some modern all herbal gripe waters can be particularly efficacious.

Parents too can sometimes over react – what may be considered normal crying by some folks might be thought to be a case of extreme colic by others. A visit to the doctor should help reassure anxious parents as to whether their child is in fact abnormally subject to extreme colic. Details of when and how long the baby cries, eating and sleeping habits and the pattern of bowel movements can help a medical advisor reach a sound diagnosis.

It may just be that colic is just one more difficult phase of parenthood that we may have to live through - rather like teething - as our infant’s delicate internal mechanisms experience change, dealing with the problems of a rapidly growing little body constantly in contact with new and often pernicious substances and organisms. One phase constantly used by grandparents “don’t worry, dear, they grow out of it –you did” may in fact provide little consolation to stressed parents at the time, but happily in the long run usually proves true.

Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By A. Lawrence, Ph.D.

How to Know When Your Baby has Reflux - and What to Do About It

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:42:11 Europe/London

Most of us have had the unpleasant experience of acid reflux at some time in our lives. Perhaps after a heavy meal we have laid down too quickly, only to be woken by an awful sensation of involuntary vomiting. Our mouth is suddenly filled with evil tasting bile as the regurgitated content of our esophagus is expelled backwards in the wrong direction. It can be an alarming moment for anyone, particularly an infant, and especially so if it becomes a regular occurrence.

What Parents are Saying

My son has both colic and reflux. He would cry and scream every night for about 3 hours straight. Nothing we could do would console and other colic medicines we tried gave him no relief. I was a little hesitant to try this one after not having success with the other remedies, but after reading the other testimonials I decided to try. It has been amazing. We give it to him as soon as his fussiness starts and within minutes he is a happy baby. I have never been a real beleiver in herbal remedies but this has changed my mind. It saved us when all else failed.

Katey P. New Market, MD

As you could probably already tell by our second order of 5 bottles, we are extremely happy with your product. Our son is 9 months and has severe acid reflux, and to make it worse, he has Dandy Walker which causes him to swallow a lot of air under almost any circumstance... from crying to eating. Over the last month, before we bought Colic Calm, we were at wits end with our son's pain. He seemed like he was more unhappy than happy everyday. Long story short, we ordered Colic Calm, and within the first 10 minutes of his first dose, he went from gut wrenching pain to a calmness we hadn't seen in so long. We LOVE your product. And, I have told all three of our son's therapists how wonderful it is. They actually wrote it down. I will also be giving one of my remaining bottles as part of a baby shower gift this weekend! I am definitely one of your biggest fans. I love that your product actually works - and quickly. I also love that it's all natural. The best way to go.

Thank you so much.

Michelle M. Nashville, TN

I have to say that this stuff is the BEST!!! My daughter has colic and acid reflux...it really works wonders on both...I think more so than her prescribed Zantac. I especially like how quickly it takes effect. I plan to be a loyal customer, as long as necessary, and to recommend it to all of my friends who are expecting. Better to be safe and have it on hand, than to be sorry. At the very least, every baby has gas!

Kelly H. Canton, OH

Thank you SO much for shipping this so quickly! Colic Calm is the only thing that helps my son's acid reflux and intestinal gas. We are leaving for the holidays this weekend and didn't realize we were almost out of Colic Calm until today. Our Christmas would have been ruined if we had to watch our son scream and writhe in pain the entire time. Thank you again for shipping this immediately...you saved our Christmas!

Sarah B. Murfreesboro, TN

ColicCalm is absolutely amazing and awesome.  I’ve told my friend with a baby with reflux to get this product asap.  I know she will be just as thankful.  Good stuff!

Jennifer R. Brooklyn Park, MN

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All babies spit up at times but it when it happens too often, then chances are your baby is suffering from acid reflux - gastro-esophageal reflux disease to give the full medical name, GERD for short. Statistical research tells us that over half of all babies experience some reflux during the first few months of life. It is a common problem that typically resolves itself by the ages of 12 – 18 months. Although most likely to occur after feeding, it can happen almost anytime your baby coughs, cries or strains. Sometimes it can be tougher on the parent than the child – most babies remain happy, hale and hearty even when covered in thrown up, semi-digested food.

If the problem persists and particularly if baby is not gaining weight normally, it may be time to change one’s feeding patterns. Smaller but more frequent feedings, changing position or interrupting feedings to allow time for burping may be all that is needed to get reflux under control. Some gripe waters have also proved extremely effective in helping to contain reflux and calming the digestive process.

What causes reflux and how to recognize it

Nature has provided its own means of preventing acid and other stomach contents from flowing back up into our throats and mouths. A valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens during normal digestion to allow food to pass into the stomach but closes after eating to prevent the stomach’s contents from escaping back up the wrong way. If for some reason the LES has a weak action or does not function at the right time, then food and stomach acid can be regurgitated back into the esophagus as earlier described. A baby spends most of the time in a horizontal position, the liquid contents of baby's diet are more likely to flow back into the esophagus. If this happens a lot then your child may be suffering from full blown GERD.

The symptoms to watch out for are: frequent and recurrent vomiting, persistent coughing at meal times, and signs of heartburn, gas or abdominal spasms. As the child moves into its second year, additional symptoms may include slowed growth rate, persistent refusal of food and a hoarse scratchy voice. Chances are the problem will resolve itself in time. But it never does any harm to consult your pediatrician who is able to perform a whole batch of diagnostic tests where deemed necessary.

Although GERD is not so difficult to spot, quite often it passes unnoticed because parents are not aware that babies can suffer from the effects of acid reflux. Although all babies spit up from time to time, it is necessary to be able to discern the difference between normal spitting up and recurring vomiting in order to arrive at a diagnosis. Once aware of its existence, there are very effective treatment plans for curing the colic caused by GERD.

It is also important to bear in mind that infants suffer from a different form of acid reflux to that occurring in children and adults where therapy may be complicated for a wide spectrum of reasons and where the patient’s physical condition and life style can play a decisive role.

Treatment for infants is usually a whole lot easier. It is generally agreed that elevating baby’s head in the cot can help prevent reflux. During and after feeding, it is also recommended the infant be kept in an upright position for about 30 minutes, again to reduce the chance of reflux. These are simple preventative measures that pose no threat to the infant. Doctors may also recommend thickening bottle feedings with cereal, altering feeding frequencies, trying solid foods and steering clear of any highly acidic foodstuffs.

It takes about 100 days of life for a child’s digestive system to become fully developed. Prior to attaining maturity, a lack of coordination in the gastrointestinal tract may lead to constant acid reflux. But only if your infant’s GERD does not improve within a reasonable time frame, might your doctor opt for the use of medication. Most OTC products are formulated to deal with the pains associated with excessive gassiness. But the actual problem of reflux itself often responds well to the use of natural gripe waters such as ColicCalm that can do a great job in helping infants through that vital period of adjustment and development for their delicate and maturing digestive systems while keeping GERD at bay.

Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By A. Lawrence, Ph.D.

Treating Your Baby's Infant Gas, Colic and Reflux with Probiotics

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:40:01 Europe/London

Anyone who has been put on a course of powerful antibiotics is probably aware of the havoc caused to one’s digestive system as the medication kicks in and does its job. Not only the bacteria causing the infection are targeted for a concentrated attack; other friendly and benign bacteria that are doing such a valuable job throughout the digestive system by helping convert ingested food into nutrients and energy, also come into harm’s way. The result can be extremely unpleasant for the patient – the more powerful the antibiotic the longer and more severe can be its effects on the gastric tract.
Many enlightened physicians have long been aware of this and will often recommend their patients to start taking a readily available probiotic such lactobaccillus acidophilus, lactobacillus reuteri and bifidobacterium infantis. This helps restore intestinal flora and bring the stomach’s natural balance of bacteria and enzymes back to normal as quickly as possible.

What Parents are Saying

We have been using Colic Calm since Gabe was two months old. I can remember it was the Friday before Christmas that we used it for the first time. Christmas eve night, he slept on my shoulder for the four hours it took my family to open gifts. Christmas day he was all smiles. Gabe is a high need (fussy) baby and although the Colic Calm doesn't help with that, it has been a Godsend in helping him regulate his bowels and reduce his reflux. We've even had him on Zantac, but I find the Colic Calm works even better. We have been using it daily since then. Occassionally, when we run out and I haven't placed the next order in time, we'll have some fussy sleepless nights which confirms my belief that Colic Calm is the only gripe water out there that's effective for colic and gas. We've tried everything else. I'll continue to use the Colic Calm until he is a year old or more. It's an all natural product that I don't even think twice about giving him and he loves the taste. He truly does get excited as soon as he sees me pull out his numi-med and fill it up. I work in a doctor's office and I tell everyone with infants about Colic Calm. You have a great product and I am so glad I happened upon your website! Viva La Colic Calm!!!!!

Kristine K. Lewiston, ID

Our son had reflux for his first 4 months of life, and Colic Calm was a savior to us. He still has a sensitive belly, and transitioning to solid foods has been rough. My husband and I often call your product "magic." As soon as our 6-month-old son sees the dropper heading his way, he sighs with relief. It
takes about 15 minutes, and then he feels better. He seems to love the flavor, and he also seems to know that once he gets his dose, everythings going to be better again. It's also peace of mind for us to know your product is all-natural, especially with all the
recalls going out in the news lately. Thank you!

Karen A. Copiague, NY

My grandson is 5 months old and very fussy. I changed his formula to soy milk and that seemed to help but he is still seems to have lots of gas. I ordered coliccalm as a last resort and wished I would have bought it a long time ago. I give him a dropper full and he almost calms down right away. It seems to be worth every penny I payed for it and I am a very skeptical person. Thanks ColicCalm for helping my now happy baby.

Carolyn D. Olean, NY

Wow!! My 2- month was very gassy. I tried
everything, from old homegrown remedies to everything the doctor suggested or gave me. Nothing seemed to work. I was at my wits end since my baby girl was crying nonstop at night and early morning. I take that back - she would scream at the top of her lungs. We would rub her little tummy but to no avail, she still had gas. So I gave Colic Calm a try, I thought to myself, hey, I've tried everything else. I called customer service, very concerned. She eased my anxiety and I waited patiently. The moment I received the gripe water, I used it and it worked perfectly. I was so impressed that I reordered 2 more bottles for the future. Now my daughter is 9 months and I use it for teething. The only thing is I wish I'd invented it first.

Alesha W. Lees Summit, MO

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Many leading yogurt makers now advertise the fact that their products contain probiotic additives to help deal with digestive problems. Probiotics are thought to work by encouraging the growth of friendly intestinal flora and are believed to actually promote the development of a healthier immune system. Studies have indicated that long-term consumption of infant formulas supplemented with B. lactis and S. thermophilus reduce the incidence of colic and irritability. Other studies have shown that feeding probiotic organisms to infants or young children can reduce the incidence of infections and decrease the incidence or severity of eczema.

Probiotics versus Colic – the likely favourable outcome

So far there is no commonly accepted explanation for colic. A baby is deemed to be “colicky” if it cries intensely for more than three days a week, for more than three hours, for more than three weeks in a month. Over the years, colic has been considered to be the result of abdominal pain arising from trapped gas in the digestive tract. But now a considerable body of medical opinion questions traditional theory and is looking for answers elsewhere.

There is solid and mounting evidence that the causes of colic are related to gut flora. Multiple studies have shown that colicky babies have different gut flora patterns, which includes a lack of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Some of these studies suggest the administering of a probiotic, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, will improve the condition. Probiotics have been shown to improve other conditions associated with colic, such as lactose intolerance, necrotizing enterocolitis, and gastric inflammation. Additionally, probiotics have been shown to generally improve the health of children who take them. Certainly there has been a movement within the health food industry to emphasise the positive qualities of proprietry products such as yogurts containing additional probiotic cultures.

A baby's first ingestion of friendly digestive bacteria occurs naturally while passing through the birth canal. But there are times when a baby may need assistance in maintaining the levels of these friendly bacteria. It is worth noting, probiotics occur naturally in breastmilk and furthermore a breastfed baby and a formula fed baby have very different gut floras.

Some doctors claim that it is a combination of a baby's sensitive temperament, the environment, and its immature nervous system that may makes a child cry easily and without control. Others believe that the problem originates in the baby's digestive system, specifically because of the buildup of gas which cannot readily be released – the traditional theory. But new studies at the Colic Clinic at Brown University have demonstrated that nearly half of babies with colic have mild gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Some cases may be the result of lactose intolerance or lactose overload (the latter when accompanied by green stools).

Given the links between such factors as prenatal stress, birth trauma, maternal stress and colic itself, it has even been suggested that some forms of colic may actually be beneficial. Excessive crying, it is postulated, facilitates a healthy release of stress and needs to be encouraged rather than suppressed or cured. There can’t be too many sleepless parents happy to support that theory.

Summing up

Although there may be widespread controversy surrounding the actual causes of colic, it is now widely acknowledged that probiotics can have a very beneficial effect on an infant’s evolving digestive system as it gradually learns to cope with new foods. Probiotics certainly seem effective in helping promote the build-up of benevolent gut flora to a level where the right balance is achieved. But it must be stressed that a probiotic needs time to take effect fully in the replenishment of the necessary gut flora – a month or more is now the general consensus. Many pediatricians suggest that during this interim period, a colicky baby can greatly benefit from a regular ingestion of a natural gripe water such as ColicCalm to help sooth the transition to a harmonious digestive process, able to deal with new foods without trouble or colic pains.

Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By A. Lawrence Ph.D.

Understanding Colic

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:38:13 Europe/London

Colicky Baby

Dealing with a colicky infant can be the most frustrating and anxious period of parenthood. The joy and elation of your newborn's arrival is suddenly replaced by suffering, sleeplessness and even panic. Many parents feel powerless to control or even alleviate baby's incessant shrieking as if in agony. Feeding, comforting, back rubs, pacing the floor with baby clutched in your arms for hours on end, nothing seems to work. Like the pain of childbirth it is an experience most mother's would rather forget.

Symptoms of Colic

Infant colic is not a disease but rather a condition characterized by a collection of symptoms. There is no specific test for colic but rather it is the symptoms themselves that indicate a colic diagnosis:

  • Baby cries vigorously for long periods, despite efforts to console
  • Symptoms manifest around 2 to 4 weeks of age, peak around 2 months and subsides after 3 to 4 months
  • Episodes begin and end abruptly around the same of time of day, often after meal times in the late afternoon or evening
  • Baby shows signs of gas discomfort and abdominal bloating. Colic symptoms often disappear shortly after a bowel movement or passing gas.
  • Baby writhes while crying as if in pain. You may notice that the knees are pulled up to the chest, clenched fists, flailing arms and legs or an arched back.
  • Baby shows signs of "pushing" or "straining" as if during a bowel movement. The face may flush or turn red.
  • Baby demonstrates irritability, fussiness and difficulty falling asleep

In 1954, a renowned pediatrician named Morris Wessel introduced the modern definition for colic as an "otherwise healthy baby who has paroxysms (i.e. outbursts) of crying, irritability and fussiness lasting for more than three hours per day, more than three days per weeks for a period of three months". This definition is sometimes referred to as the "rule of threes" and is used by pediatricians to this day. Colic is very common affecting roughly a quarter of all babies born in the United States but since babies may experience partial symptoms or express colic symptoms to different degrees it is hard to determine an exact percentage.

It is important to distinguish between a "high-needs" babies who may be very fussy but don't meet the strict Wessel definition of colic. Another difference is that high needs babies are fussy by temperament whereas a baby with colic appears to be genuinely in pain. High needs babies respond well to consolation and parental attention whereas colicky babies do not.

Colic TheoriesIn most cases infant colic resolves itself naturally within 3-4 months but for many parents that can seem like an eternity. In rare cases colic has been known to last for as long as 12 months. Colic is unlikely to cause the child any lasting harmful effects but there are exceptions. The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) estimates that nearly 90% of SBS and abusive head trauma cases are triggered by inconsolable crying which are often the result of colic. While there is never an excuse for shaking a child the seemingly endless wailing can certainly take a toll on the frayed nerves of parents and siblings. Many of our customers swore they would not have even considered having more children had it not been for their discovery of Colic Calm while others assert it saved their marriage.

The Theories of Colic

While there is no scientifically proven cause for colic most experts point to gastrointestinal discomfort as the likely trigger. In fact the word colic is derived from the ancient Greek word pronounced "kōlon" meaning intestine. If babies could talk and tell us the precise location and nature of their discomfort the medical community would have a much more definitive understanding this condition. There are at least nine theories proposed to explain the source of colic, but because colic has no precisely defined cause, but rather is a collection of different symptoms, it is quite likely that colic may be due to different factors in different babies. A multi-causal explanation also makes sense because colic symptoms often manifest in different ways in different babies.

Theory of Colic


(consult your child's physician before beginning or changing any treatment)

1. Trapped Intestinal Gas Due to Immature Digestion
Food and liquids are pushed through the gut by special muscles in a wave-like motion called peristalsis. The digestive system is regulated by a complex nervous system and babies nervous systems by definition are immature. Their digestions are literally learning to function.

Gas, which is a natural by-product of digestion, can become trapped and baby's immature digestive system is unable to cope.

When painful gas pressure builds up in the intestines it can also cause an intestinal blockage which in turn can cause baby to reflux. Hence some babies display the symptoms of reflux and gas in combination.

Colicky babies often display signs of intestinal bloating, a hard distended abdomen and signs of "pushing" or "straining" as if during a bowel movement.

Colic symptoms often disappear following a bowel movement or passing gas.

A baby's gas discomfort can be relieved through natural gas relief remedies such as Colic Calm, tummy massages, more frequent burping and a variety of other techniques. See our section on infant gas relief for more information.

2. Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER)
In his book "Colic Solved", pediatrician Bryan Vartabedian postulates that undiagnosed infant reflux is the most common cause of colic. While almost all babies have a tendency to spit-up, not all babies are able to clear the acidic gastric juices that reflux. When acid remains in the unprotected esophagus it leads to heartburn pain and discomfort.

Dr. Vartabedian points to the similarities between colic symptoms and infant reflux and cites data points such as; 65% of 4-month olds of infants have GER, and nearly 70% of babies between 4 - 6 months of age spit up at least once per day.

However, other clinical studies suggest that reflux drugs have little or no beneficial effect on colic and that reflux is only a factor in a small minority of cases. According to Dr. Eric Hassall, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation; the results of at least four clinical trials now show that these drugs work no better than a placebo in treating infants with reflux.

There is a growing trend of treating infant colic with prescription reflux drugs such as PPIs and H2 antagonists that suppress the body's production of stomach acid. Unfortunately synthetic reflux drugs have side effects because they disrupt the body's natural digestive process. Stomach acid is essential for proper absorption of certain nutrients such as calcium, folic acid and vitamin B and it also helps protect the gut from infection.

Colic Calm is a natural and side effect free alternative to reflux drugs and unlike synthetic drugs does not require regular dosing. Colic Calm does provides quick symptom relief upon onset of reflux and can be kept on-hand and applied only upon symptom occurrence.

If baby suffers from reflux it is usually advisable to prop up the baby on an incline during sleeping and feeding as this may prevent spit-ups and reflux. Some parents use a specially designed wedge.

Visit our reflux page for more information about reflux.

3. Milk Protein Allergy
Casein and whey are the most abundant proteins in milk. When baby's immune system reacts negatively to milk protein an irritation and inflammation of baby's intestines may form. You may notice trace amounts of blood or stringy mucus in the diaper of an infant with this condition. Diarrhea, reflux, congestion or rashes are also possible symptoms of a milk protein allergy. Studies suggest up to 5% of babies have some form of milk protein allergy.

Increased quantities of gas and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort from milk protein allergy are similar to the symptoms of colic.

Consult your pediatrician promptly if you suspect a milk protein allergy.

4. Lactose Intolerance
Despite the apparent similarity to milk protein allergy above, these are in fact completely different issues. Lactose is a sugar contained in all types of milk. The lactose intolerant baby is unable to produce sufficient quantities of the enzyme lactase required to break down and digest this sugar properly. Instead, bacteria in the gut feast on undigested lactose causing excess quantities of gas, bloating and even diarrhea.

Increased quantities of gas and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort from lactose intolerance are similar to the symptoms of colic.

If baby is formula fed a lactose free formula may help. Suggestions on our gas relief page may also help alleviate discomfort from gas.

5. Food Allergy
Some studies suggest that mother's diet may affect her baby. Specific foods contain trace elements that can be passed to the baby through breast milk which, so the theory goes, create reactions in baby's gut leading to colic. Foods in mom's diet that have been linked to gassiness in baby include cow's milk, cruciferous vegetables, beans, peas, acidic foods such as citrus fruits, coffee, strawberries and tomatoes and dairy products, soy and peanuts.

Likewise elements found in formula, such as cow's milk proteins, may affect formula fed babies.

Increased quantities of gas and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort from food sensitivities are similar to the symptoms of colic.

If breastfeeding, discontinue suspected foods in your diet to see if symptoms improve. If this happens, gradually reintroduce specific foods until symptoms return. In this way you can identify the culprit, if indeed a food insensitivity is the cause.

Formula fed babies may switch to a hypoallergenic formula.

6. The Fourth Trimester Theory
In his book, "The Happiest Baby on the Block", pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp proposes the missing fourth trimester theory to explain colic.

This theory states that colic is the result of baby's immature nervous system being disturbed by the nerve signals occurring before a bowel movement known as the gastro-colic reflex. The GC reflex is an autonomic nervous function in the gut that triggers the intestines to begin working as food is processed through the stomach. In addition, Dr. Karp suggests that the absence of rich sensations available in the womb may be causing baby distress.

While Dr. Karp has received some high profile celebrity endorsements, there is limited direct scientific or clinical data to substantiate his theory.

It does appear that the "5 S" techniques work for some children but it does not necessarily follow that the 4th trimester theory is correct.

Dr. Harvey recommends the application of the 5 S's be performed in combination to calm and sooth babies restlessness; swaddling (i.e. wrapping baby tightly in a swaddling blanket), side stomach position, shushing sounds, swinging, and sucking through the use of a pacifier. The steps are intended to reproduce the reassuring environment that baby experienced in the womb.

7. Immature Nervous System
Overstimulation can be triggered by too much activity, people or stimulation in the household. Other variants of this theory are that babies biorhythms have not yet established in early infancy, baby's enteric nervous system is learning to function, or that baby is experiencing anxiety due to maternal separation.

While it is true that overstimulation can make a baby more fussy and colicky, there is not much evidence to support these theories as the underlying cause of colic.

A 1991 study concluded that mothers who were coached to carry their colicky baby's and to be more "responsive" had no reduction in crying.

Since colic is by definition "inconsolable crying" efforts to console will not work.

If baby's fussing is due to pain and not nervous anxiety then try the tips list at the end of this article.

8. Maternal Anxiety
The postpartum blues affects most new mothers to some degree. While it was believed in the past that colic was caused by a mothers emotional condition this theory is completely unfounded.

However, since babies are sensitive to their surroundings too much stimulation or emotional stress may aggravate baby's colic if the condition is already present.

While a colicky baby is guaranteed to cause a mother to stress, there is no evidence whatsoever that colic is caused by a mother's state of mind. Colic is not caused by bad parenting or baby somehow sensing emotions from either parent.

Colic will cause stress for the entire family and especially mom. Talk to a friend or family member and stay positive. Taking action such as the suggestions listed below can help overcome the feeling of frustration and helplessness. If possible try to share the load by enlisting a reliable caregiver such as a friend or family member.

9. Bacterial Imbalance
The importance of probiotics (beneficial bacteria) to the digestive process has been well known for over a century. Probiotics are known for their ability to inhibit toxic bacteria, supplement natural digestive enzymes and help process nutrients in food. Since babies are born with a clear and pristine gut, it takes them several months to accumulate adequate levels of these flora to aid in their digestion of milk and formula.

It is unclear if it is the absence of benevolent bacteria or the simply presence of bad bacteria that cause baby's digestive discomfort. However, several studies show supplementation of probiotics (i.e. benevolent bacteria) can reduce the duration of colic in infants.

A University of Texas study also linked the Klebsiella bacteria to about half of the colicky babies in their sample.

Supplementing infants diet with probiotic drops, particularly Lactobacillus reuteri, indicated for infants may reduce colic symptoms if performed consistently over a period of several weeks.

Use of Colic Calm as needed should alleviate excess digestive discomfort during the period of multiple weeks that probiotics require to take effect.

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Still, with every nap he would wake up screaming hunching over and straining. We would pick him up and hold him with pressure on his tummy while he cried for a good 20 minutes in pain. Suddenly, with one big release of gas he would go limp, falling immediately back to sleep. Evening spells of crying were common as well, and while I didn't want to pin "colic" on my child, he definitely had colic-like crying spells. Additionally, feedings were still a struggle even without the heartburn to deal with. It was as if once the milk hit his stomach and got things moving, it immediately cramped up. We rarely made it through a feeding without crying - from the both of us.

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Tips and Remedies for Colic

The most frustrating aspect of colic is the apparently inconsolable nature of baby's discomfort. While parents often feel helpless, there are steps that may provide you and your baby with comfort and help boost everyone's sleep. You can not only alleviate your babies suffering but also limit the duration of colic by following some of these tips below but because every baby is different and causes may vary, not every tip will work. Some trial and error is required.

  1. Keep a Colic Diary: By documenting your babies colic episodes you may be able to help yourself and your pediatrician anticipate episodes and even pinpoint the cause. A colic diary should contain a record such as the time of day the episodes started and their duration, sleeping and eating patterns, what soothing strategies you've already tried and their effect, the sound of baby's cry, your baby's behavior, body posture during episodes and smell and color of stool and urine.
  2. How Colic Calm WorksGripe Water: For over a hundred years, gripe water has been a trusted remedy for colic used by pediatricians, nannies and millions of parents all over the world. The best quality of gripe water should be FDA registered for safety and efficacy, contain all-natural ingredients and be manufactured according to strict FDA regulations for good manufacturing practices (GMP) for homeopathic medicines. Colic Calm® is the only gripe water that meets this high standard, and it works quickly; usually within five minutes or less, providing safe and effective relief with no side effects. Many parents simply describe Colic Calm as the miracle medicine.
  3. The Colic Hold: - The colic hold uses gravity to apply gentle pressure to your baby's abdomen. This may help baby expel gasses and increase motility in the gut. Carry baby face down with baby's tummy resting on your forearm, baby’s legs straddling your elbow and baby’s chin resting in your hand. You can give baby a gentle back rub for additional pressure. A similar result can also be achieved by putting baby face down on your leg, whilst you are seated. Alternately try the neck nestle; where baby's head is placed in the groove between chin and chest and lean back slightly whilst holding baby upright to place gentle pressure on the tummy area.
  4. Herbal Tea - Lukewarm herbal teas are an old "folk remedy" for colic. There is some evidence that fennel tea in particular may help.
  5. Sound: Background sounds from the womb can be simulated using a white noise from a hair dryer, vacuum cleaner, tumble dryer, radio static or shushing.
  6. Music: Recorded lullabies or just singing to your baby may work at least by distracting baby's attention from discomfort, not to mention soothing the frayed nerves of mom and dad.
  7. Motion: A gentle rocking, vibrating motion or slow dance can soothe an upset baby. You can hold baby in your arm, a cradle, swing or even take baby for a car ride. You can also sit on an exercise ball to create the bouncing motion many babies love.
  8. Probiotics - Babies treated with a special type of oral probiotic available for infants, such as Lactobacillus reuteri have been shown in studies to have reduced crying episodes when compared to a placebo group.
  9. Massage - A gentle stomach massage has been known to help some babies relieve the digestive discomfort associated with colic and to improve the motility of trapped gas.
  10. Cuddling, Swaddling and Holding: Keeping your baby close in your arms, swaddled in a blanket or in a sling may help calm your fussy baby. This creates a warm and confined environment more like the womb.
  11. Simethicone: - This drug it referred by some doctors as a remedy for gas. While simethicone is relatively safe there is also no evidence that it actually works any better than a placebo and studies have actually shown it to be completely ineffective.
  12. A Warm Bath - May relax baby especially if combined with aromatherapy (such as with scented soap or bath oils).
  13. Pacifiers - Can help baby calm down by triggering the sucking reflex.
  14. Increase Frequency of Feedings - Shorter and more frequent feeding may help placate your baby if hunger is a factor in the fussiness and the sucking reflex certainly has a calming effect on infants. Be careful not to overfeed as this could actually worsen symptoms. If breastfeeding empty one breast completely before switch sides as the hindmilk has less lactose which could trigger increased gassiness.

Try keeping a colic tips checklist like the one below to determine what worked best for your baby and discuss with your child's pediatrician or health care provider.

Colic Checklist


  1. Paroxysmal fussing in infancy, sometimes called "colic." Wessel MA, et al. Pediatrics. 1954; 14:421-435
  2. Colic Solved - Bryan Vartabedian, M.D.
  3. Jordan B, et al. Effect of anti-reflux medication, placebo and infant mental health intervention on persistent crying: a randomized clinical trial. J Paed Ch Health 2006;42:49-58
  4. Moore DJ, et al. Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of omeprazole in irritable infants with gastroesophageal reflux. J Pediatrics 2003;143:219-23 CrossRef
  5. Simethicone in the Treatment of Infant Colic: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Multicenter Trial Thomas J. Metcalf, Thomas G. Irons, Lawrence D. Sher, and Paul C. Young Pediatrics 1994; 94:1 29-34
  6. The "Fourth Trimester": A Framework and Strategy for Understanding and Resolving Colic - Harvey Karp M.D. Contemporary Peds 2001; 21:92-114
  7. Carrying as Colic "Therapy": A Randomized Controlled Trial Ronald G. Barr, Sara J. McMullan, Heinz Spiess, Denis G. Leduc, John Yaremko, Randy Barfield, T. Emmett Francoeur, Urs A. Hunziker
  8. Cow's Milk Proteins Cause Infantile Colic in Breast-Fed Infants: A Double-Blind Crossover Study Iréne Jakobsson, Tor Lindberg, PEDIATRICS Vol. 71 No. 2 February 1, 1983 pp. 268 -271
  9. Healthy Child Healthy World - Christopher Gavigan
  10. Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child - Janet Zand, N.D., L.Ac., Robert Roundtree, M.D., Rachel Walton, MSN, CRNP
  11. When Your Baby Won't Stop Crying: A Parent's Guide to Colic - Tonja H. Krautter, Psy.D., L.C.S.W.
  12. Understanding Your Child's Health - Susan K. Schulman, M.D.
  13. The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five - William Sears M.D., Martha Sears R.N.

* Disclaimer: The information on this website is not a substitute for professional medical care for the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of your child's condition. Please consult with your child's doctor or pharmacist before trying any medication (prescription or OTC) or following any treatment plan mentioned. This information is provided only to help you be as informed as possible about your child's condition. You should consult your child's physician if you are concerned about symptoms as your doctor may be able to identify or exclude certain causes of your child's discomfort.

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The Cause and Treatment of Infant Reflux

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Is it normal gastric reflux (GER) or the rarer, more serious condition GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)? What is the difference between GER and GERD?

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The Cause and Treatment of Infant, Newborn and Baby Gas Problems

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All babies have gas; some babies simply have more than others. Furthermore, some babies have an easier time passing gas, which may stem from a learned or innate ability. While a certain amount of gassiness is completely normal, it may be causing your baby discomfort, if you notice tell-tale symptoms, such as abdominal bloating, hard distended belly, frequent burping, spit-ups, hiccups, flatulence and excessive fussiness or restlessness.

Where does gas come from in infants and newborns?

Tummy Calm for Infants and ToddlersFormation of Gas Pockets in the Gastro-Intestinal System of the Infant, Newborn or Baby Gas in a newborn or infant can be due to several factors, not just one simple thing, since there are different ways that gas can get into babies’ digestive systems. Gas is produced in the digestive tract from the moment baby has his or her first drink of breast milk or formula. Newborn gas is a natural by-product of digesting lactose, proteins and other nutrients.

  1. Some pediatricians and lactation specialists assert that traces of gas-producing foods, such as cruciferous vegetables and legumes, can be passed from mother to baby. Other experts also warn against excessive acidity in the maternal diet. Citrus fruits and juices, strawberries and tomatoes are high in acidity and may irritate the infant. Dairy products in mother’s diet can also lead to “intolerances” in baby. The problem is usually linked to the milk protein found in milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Soy and peanut intolerance in babies often accompany dairy intolerance. When breast-feeding, a mother can test how these common culprits may be affecting her child by religiously eliminating all dairy, soy and peanut products from her own diet for two weeks. Reintroduction of soy first, then a cooked milk product (such as hard cheese or yogurt) should be done very slowly to monitor baby’s tolerances.
  2. Air bubbles can also be taken in through baby’s mouth. Most commonly, it is a result of the suction created during nursing. For this reason, it is important to burp every 3 to 5 minutes during feedings or between breasts. If your baby is bottle-fed, make certain that the bottle’s nipple is the right size. If the nipple is too big, it will cause your baby to eat too fast. If it’s too small, it will cause your baby to gulp air.
  3. Another possible reason for infant gassiness is hyper-lactation syndrome. When a mother has a very abundant milk supply, she may produce a larger amount of foremilk. Foremilk is higher in water content, higher in lactose and usually delivered with greater force during letdown. In excess, foremilk can make baby’s stomach cramp, creating more fussiness. A baby that gulps the quickly flowing milk also tends to take in more air, thereby getting gassier. Because the baby may not be getting enough of the rich hind milk, he or she tends to want to eat more often, which perpetuates the problem. The baby that suffers from hyper-lactation syndrome is characterized by higher than normal weight gain, increased gassiness, and fussiness.
  4. Over-stimulation can also lead to increased gassiness. Just as many adults experience intestinal disturbances in stressful situations, so are babies affected by their environments. Sensitive infants that are bombarded with noise, lights, touch and multiple experiences will usually “shut down” in an attempt to reduce stimulation. This shut-down response does not completely insulate baby from the effects of the stimulation. Babies that are easily overloaded often experience more severe gas, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping later in the day or night. In general, the more activity (errands, visitors, television, phones, etc.) in baby’s day, the higher the chances of gassiness and fussiness in baby’s evening and night.
  5. The introduction of solid foods in older babies creates changes that may take baby some time getting used to, since different enzymes and probiotics must build up to digest and absorb nutrients. Furthermore, foods that are commonly known to produce gas, such as cruciferous vegetables, certain fruits and beans have the same effect in babies as they do in adults.
  6. A certain amount of crying is normal in all infants, since it is their only means of verbal communication. Babies’ crying may indicate that they are hungry, lonely, warm, cold, uncomfortable or in need of a diaper change. Many babies go through periods of crying for no apparent reason, as they simply get used to the new world. Crying in general causes babies to gulp air into their digestive systems. These air bubbles can get trapped in their stomach and/or passed on to the intestine. Gas pain can also be a direct result of air swallowed during crying.

Trapped gas causes blockages and bloating in the intestines and stomach of the infant, newborn or babyWhy does infant gas cause pain and discomfort?

Normally, gas is not a problem and causes no pain or discomfort because it is quickly and easily pushed through the digestive system. However, babies are born with a very immature gut. Most experts agree that for the first thirteen weeks of life outside the womb, the newborn digestive system is literally just learning to function. Muscles that support digestion have not developed the proper rhythm (peristalsis) for moving food efficiently thought the digestive tract. Furthermore, newborns lack the benevolent bacterial flora (probiotics) that develop over time to aid digestion and complement the work performed by enzymes secreted in the digestive tract.

Gas has buoyancy and gas pockets can become trapped in the upper and lower intestines. The gas acts like a cork, impeding or halting the flow of gastric juices, and built-up pressure causes painful bloating and swelling of the abdomen. Baby’s immature digestive system is unable to cope effectively. When gas pockets form in the stomach, it can cause the stomach to distend, and it is also the main cause of hiccups.

Some medical researchers assert that infant gas and colic are unrelated; but we don't agree with this theory. In our experience of helping hundreds of thousands with infant colic, gas and reflux, these are usually manifestations of one simple thing. A baby's immature digestive system, and persistently reoccurring trapped gas can most definitely be a source of colic.

What treatment is available for baby’s gas problems?

Burping the baby thoroughly will reduce the amount of air in the stomach, so that it does not pass on to the intestinal tract. Unfortunately, burping is not 100% effective at eliminating gas, since it has absolutely no effect on the gas created in the intestines during normal digestion. There are variousphysical therapies to relieve gas, such as baby massage, which may prove somewhat effective in helping baby to release gas. Simply applying light pressure on the tummy can soothe and help. You can also try carrying baby in the “football hold” – face down on your forearm with baby’s legs straddling your elbow and baby’s chin resting in your hand. The gentle pressure placed on the little tummy can help soothe and release baby’s gas.

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My daughter was a fussy girl after 3 weeks and Mylicon never helped. She was very uncomfortable and didn’t sleep through the night. The first time I tried Colic Calm after checking with my doctor she was sleeping through the night because her tummy was finally not hurting. It has been wonderful! She is 3 months old and she has grown out of it a bit but still needs her nightly dose of Colic Calm. Thanks again, keep it safe for little angels, your doing a great service for little babies (and parents) everywhere.

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I have to say, Colic Calm is really the only thing we've used that has helped our son's gas. He was extremely intolerant to many foods, including dairy, but it always helped him quickly. Now, he's 8 months but we still use it anytime we notice his tummy is a little gassy and it works immediately. I really appreciate this product. Thank you!

- Stephanie D. Seattle, WA

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If this does not work, there are several treatments available for infant gas. As always, you should consult your pediatrician first before giving baby any medications, remedies or supplements.

  • Simethicone gas drops are sold under several brand names in drug stores. Simethicone is essentially a chemical anti-foaming agent that joins gas bubbles in the stomach on the theory that gas can be more easily burped away. However, if the larger clusters of bubbles are not burped up quickly enough, they pass into the lower digestive tract. Here, the larger gas bubble clusters can cause more painful distention and cramping. Simethicone admittedly has no effect on intestinal gas, which as many adults know, can cause the most intense pain. Since simethicone works by joining gas bubbles, it must be where the gas is, in order to work. As a result, simethicone is not an “as needed” medicine, but rather one that must be given in regular doses with every meal. If gas has been created other than by feeding, simethicone will have no effect after the gassiness appears. Also, simethicone will work only on gas near the top of the stomach and has no effect on intestinal gas.
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (a.k.a. Baking Soda) is used in several gripe water brands that are sold as dietary supplements. Be careful! These are not regulated by the FDA and fall under loose dietary supplement guidelines. Sodium bicarbonate is an alkali which counteracts the PH of stomach acid that is naturally created in the baby’s stomach. It can temporarily relieve some discomfort caused by acid reflux. Unfortunately, sodium bicarbonate is absorbed into the bloodstream and can have unwanted side effects. For this reason, sodium bicarbonate is not to be consumed by children under age five, as stated clearly on baking soda boxes. Even for adults, it should not be used for more than two weeks or for recurring conditions. According to some doctors, sodium bicarbonate can cause an imbalance in babies' electrolytes, which can lead to serious problems.
  • Essential Oils and Herbal Extracts (dill, fennel, etc.) are used by some gripe water brands and sold as dietary supplements. Again, be careful, as these are not regulated by the FDA. There are known safety issues with essential oils. Many experts believe they are not to be taken internally by adults, let alone infants. Please be well advised of all possible side effects before giving essential oils to your baby, no matter how small the concentrations.
  • Homeopathic formulas can be an excellent choice for treating infant gas symptoms. Homeopathic medicine is completely allergen-free and side-effect-free. There is only one such liquid formula on the market. Colic Calm Gripe Water is available in major pharmacies, select health food stores, health practitioners’ offices and online. Colic Calm has a success rate of more than 90% in treating infant gas and colic. Many parents and caretakers have been relieved to find an all-natural remedy. The unique homeopathic formula works within minutes, so it is only given on an “as needed” basis. Thousands of satisfied customers have also reported that Colic Calm works wonders for bloating, stomach cramps, teething pain and even hiccups. It is also extremely effective on gas created during introduction of new foods into babies’ delicate digestive tracts. Read more about how Colic Calm Gripe Water Treats Newborn, Infant and Baby Gas Problems.

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More Parent Testimonials

When our little one was a few weeks old she had terrible gas, and when we called the doctor they told us it was colic and that it could go away over night or it might last for months. After that phone call I got online with tears streaming down my face and started looking for natural and safe alternatives to alleviate my daughter's pain. I found your product and was convinced by the testimonials of other parents. Thank God for you and this product it worked!!!! Our little one never had problems with gas again. Anytime we would see the signs that her tummy was bothering her would just gave her some. We believe in the product so much we are constantly telling anyone with little ones about it. My husband and I have used your product if we have a sour stomach and it help us too. So thank you for coming up with this product and I will continue to tell others about it.

- Ryan M. Portland, OR

I just recently had a new baby that doesn't exactly suffer from colic. However she is considerably gassy and it often has her cry out in pain. Colic Calm works within minutes. My first daughter (who is now 9 yrs. old) had colic severely and I wish I had known about Colic Calm then. No one knew how to help me, I was very young and naive and would have tried anything to get my baby to stop screaming all day and night. I was told to stop breast feeding, to use formula and from there the doctors told me to put her on soy. Yikes! I wonder how beautiful life would have been had I known about or had access to some Colic Calm? I was a little alarmed at first, seeing the color of the product. It looks a little like black hair dye and I thought Oh god! What did I buy? *I bought a little magic, that's what!* My baby goes from tears to smiles so quickly. Thank you Colic Calm so very much. Being a parent is very stressful and even more so if your little one is in pain. So, not only have you helped my baby's tummy, you've helped ease my heart as well. Again - Thank You!

- Jennifer L. Menifee, CA

Well, I must say...I'm a believer!  My newborn daughter would have terrible bouts of evening gas and crying. Dinner time turned into walking the floors and skipping out on meals with the family. I decided to try Colic Calm. Let me tell you, nights are quiet and anytime I see her getting gassy, I give her a dose and within 5 minutes I have a happy baby again. Don't hesitate to give this product a try.  It will save you unnecessary sleepless nights and better yet, you're giving your baby all NATURAL ingredients. Thank you for creating this product...What a gift to the world!

- Angela R. Peoria, AZ

I found colic calm after my third baby and I wish I had found it with my first. It is the ONLY thing that worked to relieve discomfort due to gas and tummy aches. My baby is now 4 months old and I give it to her at night before bed if she is gassy and within ten minutes she is sleeping. I truly cannot thank you enough. My pediatrician approved it and I recommend this to any parent who is dealing with a colicky infant. Thank you!!!

- Dawn F. Tucson, AZ

Blake is doing great, he will be one year old Wed the 18th. He is just very gassy, that Colic Calm helps so much. Thank you so much for inventing such a wonderful thing! I had my doubts at first, I am a firm believer now. I appreciate you getting back to me, usually when you buy online you really don't know what your getting, let alone ever hear from anyone, so thank you. And again thanks for the colic calm.

- Lisa G. Lincoln, NE

I wanted to let you know how your product was working. Ryan is so much better since we have been giving him Colic Calm. We changed his formula to Enfamil Nutramigen which helped but he was still having problems with gas. When he is upset I give him a dose and he is immediately happy. Ryan also gets hiccups a lot and as soon as I give Colic Calm to him they go away. Thank you so much for such a great product.... I recommended it on the ivillage message boards!

- Rene T. Washingtonville, NY

Honestly, I have been telling every one I know about how wonderful Colic Calm is! I totally sound like a commercial! At 2 weeks, my poor daughter couldn't sleep longer than 30 minutes without waking up screaming. The gas was so bad, you could feel her stomach rumbling! After cutting out just about everything from my diet (I am nursing), the gas was still awful. I found Colic Calm after searching the internet and was so impressed by your website; by how informative it was. I really felt that I was being educated, and you weren't just trying to sell something to me. I went ahead and ordered it. I think the angels sang when the box arrived! Ha ha Colic calm worked within 5 minutes! I kept asking my husband if I was just imagining how quickly she calmed down, but he was convinced it was working too! AND my pediatrician was completely supportive which gave me some extra comfort!

- Aren L. Copley, OH

I really am so glad I found Colic Calm. My baby daughter did not have full colic, just very bad gas that would cause her a couple of fits a day for a few minutes. Colic Calm did help her within a few minutes. I would recommend Colic Calm to any other parents suffering through colic with their infant. Thank you for such a great product!

- Angela C. Lubbock, TX

The Colic Calm I purchased from you has worked wonderfully for my son. Conor is 2 months old and he has had trouble having bowel movements since he was born and has had terrible gas. The doctors have kept changing his formula. I tried colic calm and got immediate results. He now does not have gas and has bowel movements regularly. He is a different child always smiling and laughing, he almost never cries anymore. Thanks so much.

- Vourneen M. White Plains, NY

My 5 month old son had really bad gas and discomfort all the time. He was so fussy up until I did a search and Colic Calm came up. I decided to give it a shot and he has done a 180. He is so much more comfortable and is actually sleeping through the night! This product is the BEST!! It has helped my son so much!! Highly recommended!

- Shelli B. San Jose, CA

When my son was 3 weeks old he started having discomfort from gas. I purchased 5 different feeding bottles thinking that it may be part of the problem. Nothing seemed to help. That is when I began searching the internet, and found your product. Of course, I asked the doctor and he said there weren't too many studies done with gripe water, so I should read the testimonials. I was skeptical but was willing to try anything. With the very first dose it worked! I was ecstatic with the results! I recommend this to my friends with children. Thank you for having wonderful service representatives that only add to the positive experience of your already fantastic product.

- Christina M. Boynton Beach, FL

Colic Calm is an absolute life-saver! I searched everywhere for a natural way to relieve my newborn, Keeliana, of her tummy troubles. She would take hours to burp, then would have cramps as it turned to gas. She could hardly sleep as she winced in her sleep. Now she burps and is able to sleep peacefully. Other gripe waters at health stores don't even compare and are a complete waste of money. Any questions I had were answered promptly and delivery was fast. I just have to make sure I don't run out!

- Tiffany P. Riverside, CA

This stuff is amazing!!! I thought I would have to wait until my son grew out of his crying and screaming due to gas. Now when he starts to get fussy I just give him some of the colic calm and he calms down right away. I have told all of my friends with children that they must purchase colic calm. Thank you Thank you Thank you to the makers. I no longer have such splitting headaches anymore!

- Cara R. Crofton, MD

AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING STUFF!!  Our 6 week old little girl, would fuss and cry all afternoon and evening.  Your product has completely helped to relax her and break up some of her gas.  She has
become a really happy baby and just gave us her first real smile yesterday!
Thank you! 

- Eric H. Tucson, AZ

Our grandsons were born 7 weeks premature at 5 lbs, and 3 lbs 11oz.  By the time we took them home they were only sleeping 2 1/2 – 3 hours.  Normal for babies this size, however both of them would cry and stress horribly with gas pains – even while on breast milk.  We tried many over the counter products and some homemade remedies that helped a little, but as the weeks progressed things just went from bad to worse.  The little guys weren’t seeping much, crying a great deal and straining until they turned purple.  It was heartbreaking to see.  My son and his wife were totally sleep deprived and walking zombies.  I found Colic Calm after a search on the Internet and it turned all their lives around just in the nick of time.  My daughter-in-law had to return to work the week after we started the Colic Calm – on her first day back those two little guys finally slept 5 hours straight at 2 months.  Life is so much better now and the babies are so much happier and content.  On their last pediatric visit they showed the Colic Calm to the pediatrician who gave it his approval.  I think it should be given to all parents in their little take home bags from the hospital. I think for my next baby shower I will include it with the gift.  Thank you for a wonderful product.

- Annette W. Lodi, NJ

This product is awesome and the company ships so fast. I would rate this product as Number 1 for gas relief.

- Lisa P. King of Prussia, PA

Colic Calm saved our sanity and helped make my baby a very happy boy!!! I heard about Colic Calm through a friend and thought I’d give it a try...since I’d tried everything else and my baby was still fussy and very uncomfortable with gas pains. Within a day of using the Colic Calm we noticed a huge improvement. We use it now 3 times a day and our baby is doing great. We really appreciated the fast, next day shipping. We’ve recommended Colic Calm to 3 other couples so far and will continue to do so.

- Keri P. Long Beach, CA

I am extremely pleased with Colic Calm.  It started working the first day that I gave it to my son.  He still has gas, but it is under control now.  I will never go back to using Mylicon or other gas drops like it.  I am recommending Colic Calm to my friends and family for their babies. Thanks!

- Rebekah A. Owosso, MI

I had a minute and thought I would drop you a quick email. I have went through 3 bottles of Colic Calm already. I don't know how it works but it does. I can't believe the relief my little guy gets from his gas. I just placed another order for 8 bottles. This product rocks. Thank you!

- Lisa W. Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

Colic Calm is an amazing formula. Our son, whom for some reason seems to have unnatural gas most of the time, is always griping and complaining because of the pains that gas causes. We give him the Colic Calm formula and it seems to put him to ease, almost all the time. It has saved us countless number of hours of lack of sleep because Colic Calm was able to relax him to sleep. Thanks for your amazing formula.

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- Jason L. El Paso, TX

I have to say Colic Calm is a life saver. As soon as my son got home from the hospital he cried for hours at night due to gas. As soon as he started taking Colic Calm the crying went down to minutes instead of hours. I would and have recommended Colic Calm to many other mothers.

- Hortencia A. Palmdale, CA

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Approaching the problem of infant gas and fussiness as a multi-level problem is usually most effective. If the signs of hyper-lactation seem familiar, then contact a lactation specialist to help correct the problem. Avoiding the foods mentioned above for at least a few days may help indicate how much of a problem they cause baby. If gassiness and fussiness are excessive around the clock, a two-week trial elimination of dairy, soy and peanuts will show if mother’s diet is a contributing factor.

Recognizing the sensitive and over-stimulated baby is often the most difficult for parents. Keeping outings and visitors to a minimum for a few weeks may decrease the degree of gassiness and fussiness. Allowing the infant to have quiet and uninterrupted sleep helps prevent over-tiredness, increased irritability and unnecessary crying episodes.

Remember that babies are just getting accustomed to this world. As they grow older, most will become far less gassy and fussy. Their digestive tracts will learn how to function well. In the first three months of life, babies are not well-equipped to calm themselves. Self-calming is a skill that develops slowly over time and at different rates in children.


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Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By T.A. Lawrence, B.Sc., CIRM, CPMP

The Cause and Treatment of Newborn, Infant and Baby Colic

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:13:07 Europe/London

What are the Symptoms of Colic?

It is not uncommon for babies to go through periods when they appear abnormally irritable, fussy or seemingly cry for no reason. However, if you suspect your baby is suffering from colic, compare your child's symptoms with list below. Our poll of thousands of parents illustrates the frequency of nine common signs of infants with colic. Overall, 84% reported at least 5 of the signs below.

Symptom / SignFrequency
1. Cries vigorously for long periods, despite efforts to console* 100%
2. Crying begins around the same time each day or night 77%
3. Symptoms begin after meal times 70%
4. Symptoms begin and end abruptly without warning 92%
5. Symptoms cease after a bowel movement or passing gas 62%
6. Baby spits up frequently** 46%
7. Shows signs of gas such as; abdominal bloating or a hard distended stomach 74%
8. During episodes; baby arches back, pulls knees to chest, clenches fists, flails arms and legs 90%
9. Baby experiences disrupted sleep patterns 83%

* Inconsolable crying is part of the Wessel definition of colic. Thus, all colicky infants fit this criteria.
** The fact that relatively few reported excessive spit-up, which is quite common in babies anyway, suggests that reflux is not a factor in most cases of colic.

In most cases, colic is the worst pain a baby has experienced. It is usually manifested as an acute abdominal pain with intense spasmodic cramping, but since colicky babies cannot describe exactly what distresses them, it is hard for parents to know the precise cause of their distress.

Infantile colic is most common in the first few weeks to four months of an infant's life; rarely does it endure past six months of age. Pediatricians often use the "Rule of Three" to diagnose colic: "A baby that cries for three or more hours per day, at least three times per week, within a three month period". Wessel, et al., "Paroxysmal fussing in infancy." Pediatrics 1954; 14:5 421-435. About 25 percent of babies worldwide meet the official "Rule of Threes" criteria for medical diagnosis of colic.

To compare your child's symptoms to the observations of other parents or start a conversation, take our short colic symptom survey.

What Causes Infants to become Colicky?

While there are many theories about colic, there is no single consistent cause that experts all agree upon. The interactive chart on the right illustrates eight possible causes.

A lot of evidence suggests that colic may be caused in different ways in different babies. There appear to be several contributing factors that, when occurring in combination, are likely to result in colic pain and discomfort:

  • Newborns have an immature digestive system that has never processed food. The gastrointestinal system is literally just learning to function. Muscles that support digestion have not developed the proper rhythm for moving food efficiently thought the digestive tract. Additionally, newborns lack the benevolent bacterial flora (probiotics) that develop over time to aid digestion. This explains why almost all infants outgrow colic within the first six months.
  • Certain foods eaten by lactating mothers contain volatile chemicals and allergens that in a small percentage of infants result in colic discomfort and digestive upset. Through lactation, trace elements of cruciferous vegetables and other gas-producing foods may be passed via breast milk to baby and cause gas and bloating.
  • Infants often swallow air while feeding or during strenuous crying, which increases gas and bloating, further adding to their discomfort.

Since infants' nervous systems are so immature, it is possible for them to get overloaded with unfamiliar sights and sounds. Infants that are easily overloaded often experience more severe colic, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping later in the day or at night. In general, the more activity (errands, visitors, television, phones, etc.) in baby's day, the higher the chances of baby becoming colicky and fussy.

Flash PresentationWhat Treatment Options are Available to Relieve Baby Colic?

Colic, and the months of distress and sleeplessness that it brings to both infants and parents, can leave you feeling frantic, frustrated, worried, exhausted, confused, guilty and inadequate. Foremost, it is essential to build and maintain a loving bond with your infant. If your baby experiences colic that does not appear to dissipate, you will probably be looking for a safe, natural and effective colic remedy to ease your baby's suffering. There are several treatments available for baby colic. As always, you should consult your pediatrician first before giving baby any medications, remedies or supplements.

Homeopathic Colic Treatment ChartHomeopathic remedies can be an excellent choice for treating infant colic symptoms. Homeopathy is safe and completely allergen-free and side-effect-free. There is only one such liquid formula on the market. Colic Calm Gripe Water is available at leading pharmacies, online and in select health food stores and health practitioners' offices. Colic Calm has a success rate of over 90% in treating baby colic. Many parents and caretakers have been relieved to find an all-natural remedy. The unique homeopathic formula works within minutes, so it is only given on an "as needed" basis. Thousands of satisfied customers have also reported that it works wonders for bloating, pressure, stomach cramps, hiccups, teething and even acid reflux. It is also extremely effective on gas created during introduction of new foods into babies' delicate digestive tracts. A combination of homeopathic ingredients is used to treat the multiple symptoms of colic as depicted below.

There are other gripe waters on the market that are sold as "dietary supplements". Be careful! These are not regulated by the FDA and fall under loose dietary supplement guidelines. Generally, the main ingredients of these products include:

  • Sodium Bicarbonate (a.k.a. Baking Soda). Sodium bicarbonate is an alkali (antacid) which alters the naturally occurring pH of baby's stomach acid. It may counteract some discomfort caused by acid reflux in cases of acidic stomach.  However, changing the delicate pH balance in baby’s system can cause over-alkalinity and exacerbate a colicky condition. Furthermore, sodium bicarbonate is also absorbed into the bloodstream and thus can have unwanted side effects. Studies have shown that sodium bicarbonate can deplete and interfere with Folic Acid and Iron, indicating that it may affect the function or absorption of both.

    For this reason, sodium bicarbonate-containing products are not to be consumed by “children under 5 years of age”, as stated clearly on antacid and baking soda boxes.  Antacids always warn against extended use: “Do not use for more than 2 weeks.” According to some doctors, sodium bicarbonate can cause an imbalance in babies’ electrolytes, which can also lead to serious problems.

    Please note that antacids do interact with or prevent the absorption of many medications including, but not limited to, aspirin, tetracycline, penicillamine and ulcer medications (Zantac, Pepcid, Axid, Tagamet).  According to Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, antacids (sodium bicarbonate) “should not be given to young children (up to 6 years of age) unless prescribed by their doctor.”  Since children often cannot describe their symptoms well, doctor visits are advisable before giving any antacids to children.  The condition may require other treatment.  In such cases, not only will antacids not help, they may actually lead to unwanted side effects and/ or worsening of condition.

    Medline also warns against taking sodium bicarbonate with large amounts of milk or milk products. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

  • Essential Oils and extracts (dill oil, clove oil, fennel extract, ginger extract, etc) are used by all other gripe water brands. There are known safety issues with herbal oils and extracts. Many experts believe they are not to be taken internally by adults, let alone infants. Please be well advised of all possible side effects before giving essential oils to your baby, no matter how small the concentrations.


If you are sure your infant is suffering from colic, there are concrete steps you can take to relieve the symptoms of your colicky baby. Therapies include changing baby's environment and diet to direct internal treatment. As always, consult your pediatrician about the range of alternative treatments available. There are safe, natural and effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals and artificial chemicals. Homeopathy has been used for more than 200 years to safely treat a variety of nervous and digestive disorders including colic.

Remember that babies are just getting accustomed to this world and, as they grow older, their colic will eventually subside. Their digestive systems will learn how to function well. In the first three months of life, babies are not well-equipped to calm themselves. Self-calming is a skill that develops slowly over time and at different rates in children.

What Parents are Saying

When my second grandson was born on December 2, I was overjoyed. My daughter lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, some 2200 miles from Florence, New Jersey. After returning from my 10 day visit to Lincoln, my daughter called me weeping that her son had developed colic; I didn't know what to do….so many miles away. I jumped on the internet and found your wonderful product. It was delivered within two days and it saved all our nerves!! Little Nate has been on it four days and my daughter and her husband have had four days of pleasure with their beautiful baby boy. He had a doctor's appointment today for a check-up and he actually laughed during the visit. The doctor was amazed at the transformation. Thank you for such a fine product!

Deborah F.
Burlington, NJ

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Your miracle product has restored peace into our once chaotic home. My husband and I tried everything! We changed his formula, bought infant gas-x, mylicon, phazyme,and maalox. NOTHING WORKED. Our little boy had both gas and colic and was getting worse every day. I started surfing the web and found out about your product, we were so desperate we were willing to try anything. I am sooo glad we ordered it. Within the first day we starting noticing the difference. Two days later our beautiful baby boy was back to his happy self and actually slept through the ENTIRE night. Never did any of our other children sleep through the night at 2 months old. Once again, THANK YOU, I only wish we had discovered it sooner.

Elena P.
Chaparral, NM

Just wanted to let you know how amazed and appreciative we are! Within the first dose of Colic Calm our fitful, sad, screaming three week old became a new little man. I was a bit apprehensive with purchasing gripe water over the internet but after reading the reviews from other parents and feeling as desperate as I did, I took a chance. It only took 2 days for us to get your "miracle" product. In the meantime, I did go to a local health food store, figuring that all gripe waters were the same, and purchased another brand of gripe water. I was so disappointed with the other product that I was doubtful that your Colic Calm would do anything. Wow was I wrong! Not only did Colic Calm help soothe our baby, it made him regular too! In this day and age when gimmicks are a dime a dozen, I can't thank you enough for creating a product that truly works wonders. I have sung your praises to everyone I know. Colic Calm is outstanding!

Amy H.
Sterling, MA

I wanted to say how amazing your product is. My 7 week old daughter has had colic since she was 3 weeks old. She would cry so hard that it would make ME cry. I tried every trick to help soothe her and nothing worked. From the first time I gave her the first dose, she quit crying and would smile and fall asleep!!. I HIGHLY recommend this product!! It is worth the money for your baby not to be in pain. You can't put a price on that.

Megan T.
Haslet, TX

Without a doubt Colic Calm is the best product on the market for colicky / gassy babies. My little girl came home from the hospital and was in severe pain 2 days later. She awoke screaming, crying and straining. I tried Mylicon Gas Drops, home remedies, massaging, etc., all with minimal/no results - they do NOT work. Desperation drove me to the internet where I found this site and after reading the ingredients and the testimonial page, I quickly ordered. After the first dose she immediately calmed and was able to pass gas and move her bowels with much greater ease. After 3 weeks of consistent use, she now only needs it on occasion. The makers of this product are absolutely fabulous! Will definitely recommend to other parents! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Alyssa H.
Lovelady, TX

Our daughter had colic as a newborn. We as a family suffered. There were nights of nonstop crying and even a few 18-20 hour days of crying, only stopping for a nap. I found your product while searching for remedies and help. We figured it was a long shot and little did we know what a godsend your product would be. It was like a whole new baby had entered our family. Colic Calm could not have come soon enough. Thank you.

Jenni S.
Freeport FL

I am so thankful for your Colic Calm. It's a Blessing in a Bottle. My twin granddaughters are new babies thanks to your product. They actually smile when they see the bottle coming their way since they love the taste and know how much better it makes them feel. I have seen the results in my grand-daughters but did not really know how well it worked until I myself had a tummy ache. I took a dose and within minutes I felt relief. My daughter (mother to the twins) also, tried Colic Calm, also with immediate results. Because of you, my grand-daughters (4 monts today) are happy babies and a joy to be with. Thank you for sharing your Colic Calm with the world.

Cindy M. (Grandma of twin girls)
Whittier, CA

I was really surprised at how quick it works. I wish this product would have been available 26 years ago. I purchased this product for my grandaughter that is 8 weeks old. It worked the 1st time I tried it. I would recommend it to any one with a colicky baby. My daughter took this to show her doctor and he was so impressed that he was making brochures for all of his new mother patients to put in their folders. The nurses were on their computers going to your website for more info. I will be recommending this product to all my friends that have fussy babies also. Thank You to the makers of Colic calm for such a terrific product.

Connie D.
Mineral Point, MO

I'd love to tell you about how grateful we are for ColicCalm. I began using it when my daughter was about 6 weeks old. She is usualy a very happy baby but she began having severe bouts of gas & spitting up, along with hours of screaming (COLIC). I ordered ColicCalm to see if it might work. It was our miracle cure. I found out within 15 mins. how well it works. She is now 4 months old & we still use it whenever she gets the hiccups, gas or has trouble falling asleep. She loves it. All I have to do is show her the bottle & she stops crying. I am not joking. She will start kicking her feet, rolling her tongue & SMILING. I have told every mother to be & new mom I know about ColicCalm & I will be ordering a few extra bottles in the very short time for a few baby showers I will be attending. ColicCalm will be in every gift basket I give for baby showers & birth gifts. I would be happy to tell every retailer to carry your product. I will tell you this, before I found ColiCalm on the web, I purchased another product called Baby Bliss. It is still sitting in my pantry with only two doses used. I knew after the first dose I had to keep looking. Thank you for making such a wonderful product. I love the results but mostly I love the fact that it is safe to give my baby girl.

Laurie B.
Canton, GA

Works GREAT!!!! I purchased a bottle of Colic Calm and it helped my baby girl so much I thought she was through the colic period and I stopped giving it to her. Boy was I wrong!!! After 2 days of continous crying and fussing I gave her one dose. Within 10 minutes she was back to her smiling, happy self!!! Thanks a million!!!!! I highly recomend this product for anyone suffering with a colicy baby!!!!!!!!

Sheryl G.
Henderson, NV

Our baby Emma seems to be doing much better. Actually, only a few days after using the Colic Calm, she seemed to not show any more signs of colic. The only time she is really fussy now is if I eat spicy food that doesn't agree with her. Thank you for your help.

Dina J.
Prescott Valley, AZ

We have found great relief with your product. Our little angel is truly enjoyable now because she isn't in constant screaming pain. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Keri H.
Wichita Falls, TX

I just received my shipment of colic calm for my great grand son. He's almost 3 months old and colic calm is a life saver. He has had a rough start in life to begin with. He had some health problems at birth but is doing ok in that area right now. He had colic very bad and my granddaughter was at her wit's end and didn't know what to try. Her doctor was of no help at all. He just told her to live with it and eventually it would go away. Easy for him to say. He wasn't the one up all night with him. I would just like to say a big THANK YOU. This product is absolutely worth its weight in gold, and then some. Thanks again!!!!!

Patricia T.
Saginaw, MI

My 3 month old foster daughter is doing much better. We took her into our home when she was 6 weeks old and she cried almost constantly. She was unable to sleep more than 15-20 minutes at a time due to her severe colic and abdominal discomfort. She was miserable, to say the least. I found the Colic Calm web page on my own after doing a desperate search hoping to find some relief for this precious little baby. When the package arrived, we were elated and tried it immediately. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that I noticed a difference in my daughter's demeanor almost instantly. After about three days, her disposition was vastly improved. She was sleeping better and for longer periods and no longer spent most of her day crying out in distress. Her eyes lost their distant, pained gaze and looked brighter and clearer. We have been giving Colic Calm to our daughter just once a day now and it continues to help keep her colic at bay, and also helps relieve gas discomfort. Our baby has improved considerably, she's filling out and putting on weight and has begun to thrive. Colic Calm has made a difference in her life, and in our lives, and I have been busy telling everyone I know about it!

Holly S.
Astoria, OR

The stuff works like a charm.  They all said my baby wasn’t colicky even though he cried morning noon and night, but once we used this stuff, he was an entirely different baby, so happy and easy-going. It's bliss.

Kristie R.
St. Louis, MO

It is no wonder why sleep deprivation is a form of war torture.  We thank ColicCalm for restoring peace in our home.  Endless gratitude!

Margaret H.
Boston, MA

I have a 3 month little girl and after the first week or so at home she was starting to get really fussy.  We tried all the other things first like gas drops, other brands of gripe water and even changing my diet and nothing worked. I couldn’t get her comfortable. In all honesty we actually stumbled onto this product when my mother was doing research on what could be causing my daughter to be so uncomfortable and she didn’t even know that your site had something to relieve all the symptoms my daughter had when she forwarded it to me. Of course a lot of things you read on the internet may be false and I honestly can say that at first I was very skeptical about this product. But it’s amazing stuff! My daughter sleeps better and longer. She hardly ever cries and I get some much needed rest too. I have been recommending it to all my friends getting ready to have a baby. We will definitely be long time customers since I’ve read it even helps with tummy aches as kids get older.

Melissa H.
Smyrna, TN

WOW!  I have twins and they both had colic - this stuff is amazing.  Honestly within minutes of taking this they were calm and usually sleeping.   They would go from hysterical, almost choking, to calm or sleeping.  I am a skeptic but seeing is believing and using colic calm has made a believer out of me.  I live in Canada and had to order through another site.  We have ordered 6 bottles in the last 5 months. I tell everyone I know about it.  I'd be happy to be a rep. in Canada if you every decided to make it available through your site.  Thank you so much for the calm in our house.

Heather K.
Toronto, Canada

Our six week old daughter seems to get a tummy ache every night.  I Give her the colic calm at bedtime and she immediately calms down and goes to sleep peacefully.  My two older sons were this way until 3 months of age and I just wish that we would have known about your product with them.

Michelle B.
Lattimore, NC

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Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By T.A. Lawrence, B.Sc., CIRM, CPMP

The 411 on Natural Colic Remedies

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:11:05 Europe/London

Any parent whose baby has suffered from colic can tell you that colic is one of the most excruciating experiences ever imaginable. Nothing is worse than seeing one's baby in pain and not being able to help take it away. Finding the cure for colic quickly becomes a top priority. There are many different colic remedies that may come to the rescue for your particular baby. Each baby is unique and may only respond to some or a combination of colic remedies. Unfortunately, parents may have to use the old trial and error method to determine which cure provides the greatest amount of relief for their little colic sufferer. One thing is certain, the days of waiting it out are long gone for those determined to find an answer.

What Parents are Saying

Absolutely love this product. It works well to calm my baby's tummy within 5 min. Mylicon and other gripe waters are not the same and have added ingredients. They seemed to not work as well. Colic calm is safe and effective. My pediatrician reviewed colic calm and agreed that it was safe to use.

Kristi B. Chico CA

Colic Calm works instantly for my baby. Plus it is all natural. I am very grateful to Colic Calm for making up this product. Once again, thank you very much. That's a great product. I will be recommending it to my friends.

Anna P. La Plata MD

I was very pleased with this product. My infant son was just down right unhappy, nothing made the little boy comfortable. We ordered the colic calm with high hopes! It has been two weeks since receiving and using colic calm and what a change. We did figure out my son is lactose intolerant and after switching formulas and continuing using colic calm he is finally a happy infant. His gas is improving greatly along with his mood. He is willing to be out of my arms without constant screaming.

April P. Oakdale CA

Colic Calm caught my eye because another Mom had strongly recommended it. The two things that sold me on trying it was it was all natural and the money back guarantee from the manufacturer. They recognized that their product might not work for every baby with colic!!! So, I ordered and had it shipped to my daughter. It's only been a few weeks and what a difference. My daughter said she uses it whenever my granddaughter becomes distraught with gas in her tummy. I would highly recommend this to anyone with a colicky baby. There's nothing to lose with the money back guarantee and a relief for you and the baby.

Amanda J. Enumclaw WA

This product is excellent and was definitely a lifesaver with my twins! Worked great! Also, the delivery was super fast and the packaging was excellent also! Highly recommended, both the merchant and the product!

Patricia B. Jonesboro LA

Colic Calm has really helped my 3 month old. For example last night he was screaming in pain nonstop for 30 minutes and once I gave him the colic calm he completely stopped and went to sleep. It was amazing!

Natalie H. Tulsa OK

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There is no need to suffer needlessly along with baby. If you have tried all proper feeding and burping techniques and baby is still crying, try the following list of the most effective remedies available:

#1 Music / Sound - Traditional lullabies, classical music composed for infants and heartbeat/womb CDs are very popular external remedies that relax many babies suffering from colic. You can find some particularly good ones at the Slumber Sounds web site. Some parents have had great success by placing baby in car seat on top of running dishwasher, washing machine, dryer or near running vacuum cleaner. A gentle shhhhhhhing sound in the ear can work magic, as can soft whispers and humming or singing.

#2 Diet - Bottle fed babies with colic may show improvement if switched to a different formula, such as soy. The mothers of breastfed babies may have to pay close attention to their own diet to make sure that babies are not having negative reactions to certain foods. Try eliminating the following common culprits one at a time for a week to see if there are any signs of improvement for baby: dairy, caffeine, chocolate and gas-producing foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, peppers, melons, tomatoes, citrus fruits, beans and peanuts.

#3 Gripe Water - Be sure to check the ingredients before buying a gripe water. Many claim to be natural but include artificial ingredients and preservatives. Colicky infants’ digestive systems certainly do not need any of these potential irritants. Some gripe waters are not very helpful. There is a new, very effective and safe gripe water on the market, which you can purchase online at Colic Calm Gripe Water.

#4 Warm Aromatherapy Bath / Massage - Add a few drops of lavender to a warm bath and follow with the soothing touch of massage. Focus massage on the tummy area to relieve painful trapped gas. You can research baby massage techniques on the web or pick up a book on the subject. A good one to try is The Practical Art of Baby Massage by Peter Walker. You can buy lovely lavender, chamomile and fennel massage oils specifically designed for baby massage on the Web. There is also a popular baby massage tool called Snukkles which may work well for you.

#5 Swaddling - Babies are often soothed when swaddled or held close to a parents chest and heartbeat since they are reminiscent of the comfort and safety of the womb. Newborn babies are soothed in nurseries with swaddling. Techniques on folding soft, stretchy blankets are easy to learn. Find instructions and diagrams online or pick up a book/ magazine on the topic. A good ready-made wrap to try is SwaddleMe. It is easy to find on the Web.

#6 Motion - Walking, rocking and movement are very comforting to most infants. The good old rocking chair may be all it takes. Some parents have been known to push stroller or drive around in car until baby falls asleep. Try putting baby in an infant chest carrier or sling so that your hands can be free. Walk with baby facing down across arm with hand under abdomen, applying gentle pressure. This position is often referred to as the colic hold. Many babies like to be outdoors. Almost all babies love swings. Try a combination of the above to see what helps soothe baby the best.

Posted in Baby Colic, Gas and Reflux By J.J. Courtiol, M.A. Ed.

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