Efficacy of Aromatherapy for Night Crying in Infants with Infantile Colic: A Double‑Blind Randomized Controlled Trial

Zahra Sahebkaram, Reza Bahrami, Sara Azima, Marzieh Akbarzadeh


Background: Too much crying is a self‑limiting problem and disappears within a few weeks. However, it can lead to maternal depression and parental stress. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of lavender oil inhalation on the duration of night crying within a week of intervention among infants with infantile colic.

Methods: In this double‑blind randomized clinical trial, the inclusion criteria for infants were being healthy, not taking any medications for colic, having an episode of crying two hours a day, and having a healthy mother. The intervention group received lavender oil inhalation and the control group received sweet almond oil inhalation for seven days. The data pertaining to the duration of crying were collected four times a day (morning, afternoon, evening, and night) via telephone contact. Mothers’ mood scores were also assessed at the beginning of the study and on the seventh day of the intervention.

Results: At first, the two groups were not different in terms of the duration of crying. After the intervention, however, a significant difference was observed in this regard on all seven days of the study (P < 0.001). Based on the results of the repeated measures analysis, the difference between the two groups was statistically significant (P < 0.001).

Conclusions: The results showed that inhalation of lavender oil at low concentrations could reduce colic symptoms and improve maternal mood.


Aromatherapy; colic; crying; infant; lavender oil; night

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