What is Colic?
All babies cry. But when an otherwise healthy baby suffers from extreme fussiness, often defined as crying for more than 3 hours per day, more than 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks, they may have a condition called colic. A colicky baby often has an intense, high pitched cry which may or may not occur at the same time every day. Other signs of colic include gassiness, abdominal bloating, curling up legs, clenching fists, and arching their back. Colic often begins around the 3rd week of life and goes away on its own at about 3 months, with no long-term effects. This can be a very difficult time for both baby and parents, try some of the tips below to soothe your child until they grow out of this phase.
The causes of colic are unknown. Doctors and researchers have looked at many possibilities, including differences in how babies are fed, allergies, immature digestive system, etc. However, there are still no clear answers as to why some babies have colic and others do not. The factor known to increase the risk of colic is in infants of mothers who smoke during pregnancy or after delivery.
If you believe your baby has colic, we recommend calling your pediatrician. It is helpful to keep track of your baby’s crying episodes, sleeping patterns, and eating habits and bring this information with you to your doctor’s visits.
While there is no cure for colic, there are methods of soothing that sometimes help alleviate colic symptoms. You can try swaddling, giving the baby a pacifier, putting the baby in a swing or vibrating car, going for a drive, or playing music.
Colic can be stressful for both you and your baby. Remember that it is important to take care of yourself, too. Ask for help when you need it, and if help is not available it’s okay place your baby down in their crib for a few minutes and take a break before making another attempt at consoling him or her. Keep in mind that colic will end and you will have survived one of your first challenges of being a parent!
For More information on Colic visit:
What can I do about Colic? From KidsHeath
Colic: The Basics From BabyCenter
It Takes A Village by Dr. Alanna Levine