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Child health
Non-pharmacological approaches to infantile colic: white noise versus swinging
  1. William Garvey1,2,
  2. Valerie Sung1,2,3
  1. 1 Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Prevention Innovation, Population Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Valerie Sung, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, VIC, 3052, Australia; valerie.sung{at}

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Commentary on: Sezici E, Yigit D. Comparison between swinging and playing of white noise among colicky babies: a paired randomised controlled trial. J Clin Nurs 2007:1–8.

Implications for practice and research

  • This research supports discussion with parents of babies with colic regarding use of non-pharmacological methods, swinging and white noise to manage crying.

  • Future research should involve a larger blinded randomised trial with a true control group to clarify whether swinging and white noise are effective in reducing crying in infants with colic.


Infantile colic is a common presentation to multiple healthcare services. While its aetiology is still under investigation, it is thought to relate to neurodevelopmental processes that are common in infants on a spectrum of severity. Regardless of this, the presentation causes significant distress to parents …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.