Colic Remedies Less Helpful Than TLC
Infant colic, an illness in which babies cry inconsolably, is still largely misunderstood and new studies suggest alternative treatments are not as effective as once thought.
Researchers in the U.K. reviewed 15 previously published studies that collected data from over 1,000 babies. Though positive results were recorded from fennel, mixed herbal tea and sugar solutions, remedies such as probiotics, soy formula, massage therapy, mechanical crib vibrators, and reflexology proved to be less helpful.
Dr. Edzard Ernst, study co-author and professor of complementary medicine at Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the U.K., says all 15 studies were flawed in some way and suggests avoiding alternative remedies and sticking to good reasoning.
"The advice is not to use any complementary treatment on them, because some of them are not risk free. All of them cost money," he said. "Just apply common sense and TLC, which seem to be the best treatment for that condition anyway."
Researchers who worked on the study, published in the Pediatrics journal on Monday, say that although some promising evidence was found, more in-depth research needs to be done in order to properly diagnose remedies and treatment.
According to a report from WebMd, one in five infants are diagnosed with colic. The causes of colic, which can begin for no reason at all, are still widely unknown. In addition to uncontrollable and persistent crying, babies may also curl up their legs, clench their fists and tense up their stomach muscles.