Suggest treatment for evening colic

Posted on Mon, 5 Jan 2015 in Child Health
Question: my daughter is 6 days old, and she cries alot in night. Not able to breast feed her. Therefore feeding her NAN ppro1 through bottle. Doctor recommended us colicaid. Just wanted to know is it safe for my child?
Answered by Dr. Sumanth Amperayani 12 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Seems to be an evening colic

Detailed Answer:
Hi...This is called evening colic and is quite common in this age group. This happens when the baby sucks at the breast very fast and in eagerness to drink milk will gulp in air too. Unless the air comes out like burping or flatus this discomfort will be there and next time check if she is sucking too fast and gulping in air too. You will be more convinced.

Usually I don't advice any medicines for this as they give only temporary relief. Moreover these medicines like colicaid stall the intestinal movements and that will give temporary relief but, that may cause growth intestinal bacteria which might lead on to infection.

The two best ways to relieve this distress is -
1. Do not put her in lying position after feeding till she burps out the swallowed air.
2. If she is still crying - put her in prone position and keep patting her back gently so that she passes off the flatus and gets relieved.

Regards - Dr. Sumanth
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Dr. Sumanth Amperayani

Pediatrician, Pulmonology

Practicing since :2003

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