Table 3

Outcome measures that make parents feel their child was treated adequately (n=55)

DomainOutcome measureTotal, n (%)
Behaviour (of infant)Comfortable/happy baby
Better infant sleep
Good/more appetite
Less irritable/nervous
Child can be soothed
Breastfeeds normally
Acts normally between crying
Stops crying on intervention (abdomen massaged, probiotic)
Improved overall condition of child
Better rhythm throughout the day
20 (36)
18 (33)
14 (25)
6 (11)
4 (7)
4 (7)
2 (4)
2 (4)
2 (4)
1 (2)
SymptomsNo or less crying
No or less pain
Resolution of complaints
No other symptoms: fever
18 (33)
6 (11)
3 (5)
1 (2)
Gastrointestinal complaintsNo other gastrointestinal symptoms (eg, diarrhoea, vomiting, bloating, abdominal pain/cramps and tight belly)
Normal stools
Easy gas passage (no need to use anal catheter)
Colic does not last for long
8 (15)
5 (9)
3 (5)
1 (2)
Family dynamicsImprovement in mother–infant relationship
Improved quality of life
Rest
3 (5)
3 (5)
3 (5)
ParentsFamily sleep
Received concrete guidelines from doctor how to act if abdominal pain
Acknowledgement of difficult situation
No longer feeling powerless
Reassurance there is nothing wrong physically
1 (2)
1 (2)
1 (2)
1 (2)
1 (2)
MedicationGood response to medication
Comfortable if the medicine is natural (herbal, etc)
1 (2)
1 (2)
GrowthWeight gain1 (2)
OtherInfant improves on intervention (eg, probiotic drops use, warm towel on abdomen and massage)
Confirmation that something is wrong/of infant colic
Finding a cause
Improved development, being able to contact my baby
I don’t believe in colic treatment
6 (11)
2 (4)
1 (2)
1 (2)
1 (2)