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Introduction to Baby Colic

Colic Baby

Colic Baby

Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or displays symptoms of stress frequently and for extended periods without any discernible reason.

The strict medical definition of colic is a condition of a healthy baby in which it shows periods of intense, unexplained fussing/crying lasting more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks.

Colic typically appears within the first month of life and often disappears suddenly when the baby is 3 – 4 months old, but can last up to 1 year. The crying often increases during a specific period of the day, particularly in the early evening. Symptoms may worsen soon after feeding, especially in babies that do not belch easily. While babies normally cry when they’re wet or hungry or frightened or tired, a baby with colic cries inconsolably and excessively, often at the same time of day, frequently in the late afternoon or evening.

While experts say that colic is not dangerous or harmful to the baby; crying and the exhaustion associated with it can trigger serious problems, such as relationship stress, breastfeeding failure, shaken baby syndrome, postpartum depression (PND), excess visits to the doctor/emergency room and unnecessary treatment for acid reflux.

 

Symptoms of Colic

Despite many scientific studies, no single common cause for colic has been found. The fussiness of colic has many different causes, and that’s why there is no one way to help it.

Some theories of the cause of colic include:

Take note that all of these are only hypotheses, and keep in mind that you are not to blame for your baby’s fussiness.

Here are some ways to treat Colic:

Have you had experience with a colic baby? How did you cope and what helped?

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