Dr. Harvey Karp, Author Of The Happiest Baby on the Block, Tells Us How To Calm Colic, No Meds Required

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It’s a sign as to just how huge and frustrating the problem is that we have so many medical professionals attempting to solve it. And let me tell you, there are a whole lot of people looking to put an end to colic. That new-parent scourge that keeps babies an parents struggling through the first four months. There’s just no stress like a colicky baby.

Which is why Mommyish has spent so much time looking into the problem and those who believe they’ve found the cure. It all started when research out of the University of Cairo suggested that colic was caused by an intestinal bacteria called H. pylori. We reported on the research and the chance that doctors had finally found a cause to the mystery crying. Then, we sat down with the wonderful Dr. Bob Sears and discussed his work with other intestinal issues and food intolerances, as well his attachment parenting principles and how they fit in.

However, there’s another voice in this crying debate, one that isn’t so convinced colic is caused by stomach issues at all. So Mommyish talked to Dr. Harvey Karp, the author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and proponent of the Five S system for “curing” colic. Dr. Karp and his team had noticed our recent pieces on colic and wanted to speak up for another side of the issue.

“If colic were really intestinal issues, why would it stop immediately when you turn on a vacuum or get in the car,” Dr. Karp explained to me. “That doesn’t make sense.” But this parenting guru has created an entire system that he believes works to calm babies, help them sleep longer and help make happier parents. The Happiest Baby isn’t just a book. It has a DVD to help show parents how the techniques work. And there are also Happiest Baby educators located in cities around the country. Much like you could contact a La Leche consultant to help with breastfeeding, you can get a hold of a calming specialist to help show you the finer points of swaddling, shushing and swinging.

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