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Belly Pain in Children Infants

General home treatment measures for infants with abdominal pain include:

  • Avoid exposing the infant to cigarette smoke.
  • Avoid enemas and laxatives.
  • Assure plenty of rest.
  • Try a warm bath.
  • Be sure the infant is not over-fed, under-fed or thirsty.
  • Give the infant clear liquids only for 24 hours, and then slowly advance to a soft diet before returning to solid foods.
  • For vomiting, provide small sips of water constantly until vomiting stops.
  • If the child is breast feeding, the mother should stop caffeine, nicotine, antihistamines or stimulants.
  • Avoid cough or cold medicines.

Home treatment for infants under 3 months old diagnosed with colic:
  • Allow more time for sleep during the night and reduce nap time during the day.
  • Make sure the room is quiet and dark where the child sleeps.
  • Place the baby on his or her back when you lie the baby down to sleep.
  • Avoid medication for colic.
  • Continue breast feeding every 2 hours. Infants who are hungry after breast feeding may require formula feedings.
  • Soothing, gentle activities, such as rocking or a car ride can reduce the effects of colic.
  • Allow your baby to cry himself or herself to sleep after 30-60 minutes of cuddling and feeding. Cuddle with the child again if the he or she continues crying for 15-30 additional minutes.
  • Try a lactose-free formula, such as ProSobee.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2007 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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