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Clinical inquiries. What is the best treatment for infants with colic?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16822454     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Infantile colic, defined as excessive crying in an otherwise healthy baby, is a distressing phenomenon, but there is little evidence to support the many treatments offered. Several small studies report some benefit from use of a hypoallergenic (protein hydrolysate) formula, maternal diet adjustment (focusing on a low-allergen diet), and reduced stimulation of the infant. While dicyclomine has been shown to be effective for colic, there are significant concerns about its safety, and the manufacturer has contraindicated its use in this population. An herbal tea containing chamomile, vervain, licorice, fennel, and balm-mint was also effective in a small RCT, but the volume necessary for treatment limits its usefulness (strength of recommendation: B, inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence). The one proven treatment is time, as this behavior tends to dissipate by 6 months of age.
Charles A Crotteau; Sarah Towner Wright; Anne Eglash
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0094-3509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  2006 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-06     Completed Date:  2006-08-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  634-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Colic / diet therapy,  drug therapy,  therapy*
Food Hypersensitivity / complications
Infant Formula*

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