Notably, there was also a significant reduction in the portion of infants who met the criteria for colic after 2 weeks of versus no-acupuncture controls (38% versus 65%, P=0.003), they wrote in Acupuncture Medicine (a BMJ specialty journal). She advised parents to be sure the practitioner is experienced in using acupuncture on infants and especially in treating colic.
Note that this randomized trial found that acupuncture, compared to no treatment, might be beneficial for colic in infants.
Acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for babies with infantile colic, researchers claim.
Cry-sis is a support group for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies. In addition, statisticians who reviewed the paper for the Science Media Center, a UK-based news service, were concerned that the babies' parents might have been able to guess what treatment the babies received, which could have biased the results.
Acupuncture given by nurses may be an effective treatment option for babies with infantile colic - defined as those who cry for more than three hours a day on three or more days of the week - a Swedish study has suggested.
But Prof Edzard Ernst, emeritus professor of complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, said any conclusions about the therapeutic effects of acupuncture could not be drawn from the study.
However, any conclusions about the therapeutic effects of acupuncture could not be drawn from the study. Each child was randomly allocated to one of three groups.
Researchers from Lund University in Sweden compared two types of acupuncture with standard care alone in 147 babies whose colic was confirmed at statutory routine check-ups in four child health centres in Sweden.
In their findings, the academics noted that the amount of time spent crying excessively fell in all three groups, which is not unexpected as colic tends to clear up by itself eventually. The third group had no acupuncture.
On the other hand, a study of 90 infants published in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care in 2013 found no statistically significant or clinically relevant effect of acupuncture.
However, they also point out that before seeking acupuncture treatment, parents should exclude cow's milk from their baby's diet and keep a record of their baby's crying.
"Relative to baseline, there was a greater relative reduction in time spent crying and colicky crying by the second intervention week and follow-up period, respectively, in infants receiving either type of acupuncture", the study says.
What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study? So if parents believed their child was receiving the acupuncture treatment, they might have been more prone to indicate in their daily diary that the amount or quality of crying was improving, Homme said.
Colic is a common condition that affects 1 in 5 babies. If a baby has colic, there are lots of ways you can try to comfort them like try holding the baby during a crying episode, sitting or holding them upright during feeding to prevent them swallowing air and avoiding drinking too much coffee, tea or caffeinated drinks if the mother is breast feeding.
"Normal crying can be overestimated by exhausted and anxious parents", Landgren said.