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Natural Remedies and Treatments

  • Natural remedies  have shown positive results in the treatment of Colic in some babies. However some homeopathic remedies  have been found, in certain cases, to contain dangerous ingredients that are harmful to babies, so please always consult your Health Care Practitioner before using any remedy on your baby.
  • Gripe Water  (use tried and tested brands ONLY!!) can be useful in helping your baby to pass winds and ease their discomfort. This is a treatment used for decades and will probably be recommended by your grandmother!
  • Probiotics have been found to help strengthen your baby's digestive system, thereby improving Colic. See more information about this option in the section 'Probiotics and Colic'.

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The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.