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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 12 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.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 3:24 pm

      I hope baby is feeling better soon. Most caregivers notice that by starting at 6 months or even as soon as baby is walking is still plenty early enough to reap the rewards of practicing EC! You are doing great momma!

  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.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 3:25 pm

      I am so happy that EC was able to help resolve baby’s fussiness! Often times it really is that simple. You got this momma!

  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.

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 21, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      That is amazing! I am so happy to have been able to help you on your EC journey.

  4. Avatar Joliane on March 23, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Hi Nicole (and Andrea) – fellow EC and Potty Training Coach over here 👋🏼. I am a mom of 3 kids ages 2-6, and only discovered EC when I was looking for different potty training options for my 2nd child. So I ECed my 3rd child from 6weeks old, lol. Just wanted to give you a little background info, because my first child had colic (now I prefer to talk about PURPLE cries as it is a lot more reassuring) from 6 weeks to 3 months. I also always wondered if EC would’ve helped… So this podcast was very interesting! However when she started walking (at 9 months), my instincts told me she was ready to potty train. I had never read anything on the topic (neither EC nor potty training), so I just grabbed a potty, and sat her on it, only to realize she was way too small for the potty. Which was enough to make me think I had to wait for her to be bigger 🤦🏽‍♀️. If I only knew then what I know now! Lol. But to answer your question Nicole, my daughter was extremely easy to potty train when we finally did around 18 months. She was completely daytime diaper-free by 2. Maintenance period was a breeze. And nighttime followed soon after without much difficulty. Now my second child did NOT have PURPLE cries. Yet he was extremely hard to potty train. Which is why I started researching on the topic. He had been in cloth diapers since birth, and I think that was partly why ot was so hard to get him out of the habit. We had trained him into feeling ok about being in a wet diaper (although we were always good with changing diapers and he never had a diaper rash – but just peeing in cloth was normal for him). Anyhow, when I finally found a potty training resource that made sense to me (and listening to one of Andrea’s potty training webminars), I potty trained my son in 3 days at 2.5 years. Why do I say it was hard to potty train him? Because the maintenance period lasted over 1.5 years, and I had time to EC, potty train, and get through the maintenance period with my 3rd son before I was through the maintenance period with my 2nd!! Lol I am a fervent preacher of EC for sure! And for the record, my 3rd son also never has PURPLE cries. So from my standpoint, I’d tend to wonder if EC would’ve helped with PURPLE cries, but I don’t believe it is linked with potty training. Thanks again for the podcast!!

    • Andrea Olson Andrea Olson on March 25, 2023 at 11:16 am

      Hi Joliane! So happy to have you as one of our coaches, helping others on their EC and PT journeys!

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