Alternative medicineBy Mayo Clinic staff
Some parents report soothing their crying infants with alternative remedies. The remedies include:
- Herbal teas
- Herbal remedies, such as fennel oil
- Massage therapy
Alternative therapies for colic haven't proved to be consistently helpful, however, and some might even be dangerous. Talk to your baby's doctor before trying any alternative therapies for colic.
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