Is sticking needles in babies really the best way to ease distress from colic?

Acupuncture may stop babies suffering from colic from crying so much, say scientists.

The research, led by experts at Lund University in Sweden, suggests the ancient Chinese practice could help reduce the distress of babies with the condition. Other scientists dismissed the idea, however, with one British professor saying the very idea of ‘sticking needles’ into a baby was ‘bizarre’.

Colic, which affects one in five babies, is the name given to a period of intense crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy. Experts are unsure what causes the problem, which usually lasts a few weeks in babies under the age of four months, but it is believed to be caused by indigestion, trapped wind or gut sensitivity.

Researchers tested 144 babies with colic, aged two to eight weeks, comparing the effects of two different forms of acupuncture to normal treatment. Each of the babies had been crying for at least three hours a day, on at least three days a week. One group of babies received minimal acupuncture, another group received individual acupuncture inspired by traditional Chinese medicine and the last group had no acupuncture.

Source  - Daily Mail