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What is Colic?

There is not yet consensus in the medical community as to what exactly causes colic or how it effects a child. There is, however, general agreement on the symptoms:

Extreme distress to a newborn infant frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason. The condition typically appears within the first month of life and often disappears rather suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old, but can last up to 12 months.

Infants with colic typically exhibit periods of intense, unexplained fussing/crying lasting more than 3 hours a day for more than 3 days a week.

There have been many studies performed attempting to determine the causes of colic. Many different theories have been hypothesized ranging from lactose intolerance, to infections, to immature digestive tracts. Unfortunately, a definitive cause has yet to be established.

Treatment Without Drugs

Many parents have decided that risking side effects of drugs that may or may not be effective is far from an ideal solution. Non-medicinal treatments have been proposed ranging from do nothing (let the baby "cry it out") to placing a baby on a running clothes washer or dryer. There have been links to motion and sound that sometimes calm a colicky baby. Taking a baby for a drive is another widely used treatment.

But driving all night is obviously impractical. Running the clothes washer/dryer consumes an incredible amount of energy. Another solution is to focus on what these treatments have in common. They both cause a gentle movement and a sound that many babies find comforting.

Cloud Swing™ safely produces an effective, gentle motion while also generating a calming sound to sooth your baby naturally... Guaranteed.

What Can I Do?

A universal proven effective treatment for colic does not exist. While there is no cure, an incredibly wide range of treatments has been investigated. Medicines such as sedatives, analgesics, anti-spasm drugs, probiotics, and antacid/anti-reflux medications have been tried on colicky babies. Unfortunately, none of these treatments have achieved consistently positive results.


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