The browser you are using is too old for our website. Please visit from Chrome and you will be able to browse normally.


      Colic Relief

      Baby crying in bed 2

      Colic Relief

      Soothing your colicky baby

      If you suspect that your baby’s prolonged crying, gas and difficulty sleeping are due to colic, you should speak to your public health nurse, pharmacist or GP to confirm the diagnosis. It’s thought to be caused by their developing digestive system and will usually resolve itself after a few months. In the meantime, there are solutions that will help to soothe colic symptoms. These range from techniques for comforting your crying baby to medical treatments for the suspected root causes of colic.

      Comforting your baby

      When it comes to comforting your baby, there is no ‘right’ way – it completely depends on what they respond to. Below are a few tried-and-tested methods that mums have found helpful:

      • Soothe them with gentle rocking motions
      • Try holding your baby in different positions
      • Calm them with white noise (e.g. the hairdryer, vacuum cleaner)
      • Give them a warm bath and then wrap them in a warm blanket
      • Take a walk around the block with them in the pram
      • Take them for a drive in the car
      • Give them a gentle stomach or back rub
      • Ask your health visitor about baby massage techniques

      Colic relief

      If you suspect your baby may have colic, watch our short video for tips and advice to help manage their symptoms.

      How to relieve colic

      Baby Sleeping On Mums Shoulder

      Although there is no proven colic treatment, here are a few practical solutions that can help ease symptoms.

      • Sit your baby upright during feeds to prevent them from swallowing air
      • Use a ‘fast-flow’ teat if you are bottle feeding – small holes in the teat can lead to swallowing too much air while feeding
      • If you’re formula feeding, speak to your health visitor, GP or pharmacist about suitable specialist formulas for the dietary management of colic
      • Always wind your baby after a feed
      • If you are breastfeeding, avoid too much spicy food, alcohol, tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks

      Looking after yourself

      Colic can be physically and emotionally draining for parents, but you’re not alone. Around 20% of parents will go through the same difficult time. You may find that the tiredness and added stress can put pressure on home life, so it’s important that you get support. If you’re finding it hard to cope, here are some ways to help yourself:

      • Talk to your public health nurse, pharmacist or GP, not just about your colicky baby, but about how you’re feeling
      • Ask your friends and family for help so that you can have a break
      • Try to rest as much as possible when your baby is sleeping
      • Take a short walk with your baby; a change of scenery can really help both of you
      • Get out and about and meet mums in the same situation who you can talk to

      Don’t forget, if you’re finding it difficult to cope with your baby’s colic and need someone to talk to, our expert careline team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 


      • Try the comforting techniques to see which work for you, and then stick with them
      • Speak to your healthcare professional to confirm the diagnosis and discuss nutritional solutions available
      • Trial suggested colic remedies and see if any have a positive effect on symptoms
      • Look after yourself, try to rest and remember not to blame yourself

      Expert advice

      Get the support you need, the moment you need it

      Join now for free

      Your baby's future health begins here

      Your baby's future health begins here

      At Aptaclub, we believe that experience helps to build resilience; that
      each new encounter, whether in pregnancy or after birth, can shape your
      baby’s future development. With our scientific expertise and one-to-one
      round the clock support, we can help you and your baby embrace tomorrow.

      Join Aptaclub

      Related articles

      Important notice

      Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a varied, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant formula should be considered. Improper use of an infant formula or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard. If you use an infant formula, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby.

      Questions about feeding and nutrition?

      Our nutritionists and feeding advisors are always on hand to talk about feeding your baby. So if you have a question, just get in touch.

      Expert advice

      Get the support you need, the moment you need it

      Join now for free

      Your privacy is important to us and therefore we would like to explain how we use cookies on this website. With your consent, we will use cookies to measure and analyse how our website is used (analytical cookies), to tailor it to your interests (personalisation cookies), and to show you relevant advertising and information (targeting cookies) we think you will like. For more information please read the cookie statement.

      Privacy Settings

      You can choose your preferences anytime for cookies and tracking. For more information please read our cookie policy.

      • Strictly necessary

        They are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services (setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, etc.). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

      • Analytical cookies

        They allow us to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve the performance of our site. They show us which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors move around the site. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

      • Personalisation cookies

        They enable website’s enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

      • Targeting cookies

        They may be set through our site by our advertising partners, to build a profile of your interests and to show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.