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Colic: how you can help families cope

By Wendy Jones

lauriey/dreamstime.comColic has been defined as “spasmodic contraction of smooth muscle causing pain and discomfort” in an otherwise healthy, thriving baby. In studies it has arbitrarily been defined as lasting three hours a day on more than three days a week for at least three weeks, and this is sometimes called Wessel’s colic.

The prolonged high pitched crying can be distressing for parents who may feel unable to soothe their child or a lack of bonding. 

This article discussed the causes and risk factors for colic and its management, including behavioural interventions as well as pharmacy treatments such as lactase enzume and simeticone.

The author also presents frequently asked questions such as “how will colic affect my child?” and “can herbal teas help with colic?”.

To read the full article download the attached PDF.

See how it should be done Five baby massage techniques to relieve colic, demonstrated by a midwife. Watch videos

Ask the expert Wendy Jones will be available to answer questions online on the topic of this article until 13 August 2012 


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Wendy Jones
, PhD, MRPharmS, runs the Breastfeeding Network’s Drugs in Breastmilk Helpline


Cry-Sis (; 08451 228 667) is a national charity offering support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies.
The following organisations also offer support and counselling for parents of babies with colic: National Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 100 0212); Breastfeeding Network (0300 100 0210); NCT Breastfeeding Helpline (0300 330 0771); La Leche League Helpline (0845 120 2918); and Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (08444 122 949).


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