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Does My Child Have Colic?

Colic can be a huge challenge for parents, especially if you’re a new mum or dad. It is a condition that up to 15% of babies will face and can be uncomfortable. For new parents, a colicky baby can be incredibly worrying and stressful seeing their children in distress and unable to relieve them.

At Chemist Direct, we understand how difficult colic must be for you and your baby. This article looks at what is colic and how you provide relief to your baby.

What Is Colic And What Causes It?

Of course, all babies cry.

If they cry for more than three hours a day, three days a week, it can be a problem.

Colic is when your baby cries a lot but there is no clear cause to why. Normally, it could be something as simple as you need to change their nappy or they’re hungry. Colic does not have an obvious cause to your baby’s discomfort.

Here are some telltale signs that your newborn baby might have colic.

  • You cannot soothe or settle your baby
  • Your baby clenches their fists
  • Their face becomes red
  • Your baby brings their knees up to their abdomen or arches their backs
  • They have an unsettled stomach or they’re very windy
  • Your baby could be oversensitive or overstimulated by light or noise

How to Treat Colic?

Your doctor or healthcare provider would normally advise you to;

Other things you could do is try anti-colic drops. These are herbal, natural remedies which can help provide relief.

Woodwards Gripe Water is an ideal example.

Made with natural dill seed oil to reduce foam which naturally builds in your baby stomach. These trapped air bubbles can cause cramps and spasms, causing discomfort. These colic relief drops are designed to relieve abdominal pain such as gripe, colic or wind. All three are common in babies, whether they’re breast or bottle fed, and can be a cause of colic. 

Please read packaging and instructions before giving it to your baby. If unsure whether these drops or other supplements are suitable, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.

At Chemist Direct, we understand the struggles mothers and fathers face. That is why our team of pharmacists works hard to source the best anti-colic remedies and supplements available on the market at the best price possible. Check them out today.

If nothing appears to help soothe your baby and you are struggling to cope, call NHS 111 or see your GP.

This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328


  1. NHS
  2. Web MD
  3. Net Doctor