Questions About Colic

What is colic?
When healthy thriving babies develop a pattern of crying without an apparent reason, they have “colic.”

What causes colic?
No one is certain but usually sensitive, temperamental infants are more prone to have it. Certain symptoms may accompany the excessive crying, such as rashes, diarrhea, congestion, vomiting or frequent spitting. Also, some children may have a milk intolerance.

When does it occur?
In the first 3-4 months of life, but usually within the first month.

How long does it last?
Usually it is gone by 3-4 months of age.

How long do episodes last?
They generally last from 1-2 hours, but may last many hours. The episodes usually occur at night or during evening hours.

What can I do if my baby has colic?
Go through reasons why he may be crying, such as discomfort (wet diaper, being cold, being ill), a desire to be held, being tired, etc. Follow a routine and keep the child warm. Smooth movement for stimulation helps. Avoid over-the-counter medication, formula changes and suppositories, unless your pediatrician has recommended a specific intervention.