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Medicine for Colic

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    nltempany is offline Registered User
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    May 2012

    Medicine for Colic

    My 4 month old has serious colic. Is there anything that I can buy over the counter from a chemist to help him burp?

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    elle is offline Registered User
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    May 2010
    hk south side

    Gripe water is available otc, but babies sometimes (rarely, but does happen) have an allergic reaction to one or more of the ingredients in it.

    There are also anti-gas drops available, but my understainding is that you should discuss use and dosage with a pediatrician first. If reflux is causing the colic (a doctor should diagnose), there are medications for that, but they should be prescribed by your baby's doctor and not picked up from a chemist without a prescription and doctor visit (overdose or use of the wrong drug is very dangerous with babies under 6 months but pharmacies here seem to sell anything to anyone...)

    Has your pediatrician recommended anything? If your baby is on formula, there are special formulas that are easier to digest, lactose free, etc. for specific conditions that may be causing the colic symptioms.

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    evgreen is offline Registered User
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    Feb 2011
    Tai Tam

    In addition to gripe water or anti-gas drops (if that's your doctor's prognosis), I really recommend Dr. Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block 5 S's techniques for calming colic. Colic is not always caused by gas or relux, but can sometimes be more related to a baby's immature nervous system and the need for closeness and warmth from mommy.

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