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Can EC Prevent Colic?


Did you know your newborn might cry because they have a natural instinct to stay dry? Could there be a connection to excessive crying bouts (like “colic”)? Find out in today’s episode as I take you through some possible explanations for your baby’s unexplained fussiness.


You Will Hear:

  • The definition and common indications of “colic”
  • Alternative explanations for prolonged, inconsolable crying
  • How to find help if your baby’s crying is causing you extreme distress
  • How EC helps to prevent diaper blowouts
  • Why practicing EC could help to resolve some fussiness


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Resource Recommendation

Go Diaper Free: my popular EC book that simplifies EC, beginning to end

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Do you have experience with colic? Did EC help alleviate the symptoms? What do you think about this theory?


I look forward to discussing with you in the comments, below!

xx Andrea

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Andrea Olson

About Andrea Olson

I'm Andrea and I spend most of my time with my 6 children (all under 10 yo) and the rest of my time teaching other new parents how to do Elimination Communication with their 0-18 month babies. I love what I do and try to make a difference in one baby or parent's life every single day. (And I love, love, love, mango gelato.)


  1. Avatar Lisa on March 14, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I planned to do EC from the start. It worked for a few weeks but then my baby started to develop colic and EC only exacerbated it. I had to stop. Colic may be alleviated by EC for some babies but not for mine. Planning to try again when my baby is 6 months or so or when the colic gets better. He’s 5 months now.

  2. Avatar Halee on March 14, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    For us personally, that was the 100% the case and was actually what led me to EC. Baby #3 would become completely inconsolable at the same time every evening. There would be screaming, tears and lots of gas. After reading about EC and baby’s natural instincts, we gave it a go and it only took a few days of trying before the issue resolved. She was simply fighting the urge to poop in her diaper! We’ve also begun to realize when she becomes fussy for “no reason”, a quick trip to the potty to pee and she’s right as rain again.

  3. Avatar Sara M on March 14, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    EC definitely helped with my son’s fussiness! I wasn’t planing on starting until he was sitting up/close to 6 months (now I know that’s not a great idea), but he hated wet diapers so much that I just started at 12wks. Wish I had done it sooner, but it took me that long to get confident with the positions and discover a rhythm for us. We nicknamed him “rageball” because his fair complexion would turn fiery red and he would sweat out his outfit within seconds of peeing in his diaper because he was so mad about being wet. It sounds funny now, but was so stressful at the time! Being able to predict & prevent meltdowns, especially in the car, was massively helpful.

    He would pop on and off of the breast when he needed to pee – my doula said it was probably just my letdown, but I figured it out once we started offering the potty. He was hungry, but those first couple of minutes of nursing just made him need to pee! Now I have a (mostly) happy 2.5 yo who has been potty trained for almost a year.

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