Colic Tips

Colic usually begins within the first few weeks of life, but often stops by the time the baby is four months old - by six months at the latest.

There is no universal ‘best’ way to comfort a baby or reduce the symptoms of colic and different babies respond to different methods. The following suggestions may help.

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Tips to help calm a colicky baby

Try these helpful tips.

• Holding the baby during a crying episode can sometimes help, as can wrapping them snugly in a blanket or baby sling.

• Hold the baby in different positions, such as on your shoulder, cradled in your arms or lying tummy-down along your forearm.

• Sit the baby upright during feeding to prevent them from swallowing air.

• Don’t drink too much tea, coffee and other caffeine-containing drinks if breastfeeding. Some women also find that spicy food and alcohol can aggravate colic.

• Use a ‘fast flow’ teat if bottle feeding, as holes in bottle teats that are too small may cause your baby to swallow air as they feed.

• Always burp the baby after a feed. To do this, sit the baby upright or hold them against your shoulder, making sure you support their neck and head. Gently rub their back and tummy until they burp. They may vomit a small amount of milk when you do this.

• Avoid over stimulating the baby by continually picking them up and putting them down, as some research suggests this may aggravate the crying. Gently comforting the baby in a quiet, darkened room may be more beneficial. If you are satisfied that the baby is not hungry, tired, too hot or cold or in need of a nappy change, it may help to leave them in their cot for a short while.

• Babies like movement, so pushing them around in their pram or pushchair or going for a drive can be comforting. Rocking them over your shoulder or carrying them around the house may also be helpful.

• Some babies find ‘white noise’ soothing. This is the background sound of a washing machine or vacuum cleaner.

• Gentle stomach or back rubs or a warm bath may also help to relieve colic.

Contains Citrullus colocynthis 30c & Dioscorea villosa 30c

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Suitable for babies from 1 month

Nelsons Colica Colic Granules are available online and in high street stores.

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buy Always read the label. Contains Citrullus colocynthis 30c & Dioscorea villosa 30c.

Frequently asked questions

Here are a few FAQs but please remember before you use any medicines to always read the label/leaflet.
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At what age can I start using Nelsons Colica Colic Granules on my baby?

Nelsons Colica Colic Granules are suitable from one month plus.

How many sachets of Nelsons Colica Colic Granules can I give to my baby and when is the best time to give them? 

Do not exceed 1 sachet every 2 hours for up to 6 times a day.

Nelsons Colica Colic Granules can be given before or after feeding when symptoms occur. Different babies respond differently to times of administration so you may need to see what works best for you. 

Can this medicine cause an allergic reaction?
Do not give this medicine to the baby if he/she is allergic to any of the ingredients. If you have been told by your doctor that your baby has an intolerance to some sugars, consult your doctor before using this medicine.
Does Nelsons Colica Colic Granules have any contraindications with other medicines?
If the baby is being given any other medicines including medicines prescribed by your doctor, or any medicines you have bought for them, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before giving them this medicine.
Where can I get more information about Nelsons Colica Colic Granules?
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