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- swaddling them or wrapping them in a soft blanket
- massaging them with essential oils
- giving them a pacifier
- using a white noise machine to help them fall asleep
- placing them in a relaxing room that is not too hot, not too cold, and has soft lighting
- giving them gas drops containing simethicone, an ingredient that helps relieve the pain caused by gas bubbles; this may help if your baby is gassy
- Elimination diet. If you breastfeed, you mayconsider eliminating certain foods from your diet, including potential allergens like dairy. Since strict elimination diets can be unhealthy and haven’t been shown to help with most cases of colic, talk with your doctor before making significant changes to your diet.
- Gripe water. Some people suggest giving your child gripe water, a liquid remedy containing herbs such as chamomile or lavender. As it’s not regulated, there is no way to know exactly what is in the gripe water you buy, and there are many different formulations. Gripe water doesn’t have any proven benefits, and given the unregulated nature of its sale, there are some risks associated with it.
Rena Goldman is a journalist and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She writes about health, wellness, interior design, small business, and the grassroots movement to get big money out of politics. When she’s not staring at a computer screen, Rena likes to explore new hiking spots in Southern California. She also enjoys walking in her neighborhood with her dachshund, Charlie, and admiring the landscaping and architecture of LA homes she can’t afford.