What is Colic?
When your baby has long crying spells and seems to have a tummy ache.
- Baby cries a lot when he or she is not hungry, wet or lonesome.
- Baby cries or screams for two or more hours at a time.
- Crying happens about the same time of the day.
- Baby stiffens legs or pulls up his or her knees to the tummy and cries.
What to Know
- Most often, colic develops within the first month and may continue until 3 to 4 months of age.
- Babies cry about 60 to 90 minutes a day during the first three weeks of life. The crying may increase to two to four hours/day by 6 weeks of age and gradually decrease by 3 months of age.
- No one knows the cause of colic, although some theories exist about an immature digestive system, food allergies, abdominal gas or sensitivity to a busy, noisy home.
- Colic occurs most often during the late afternoon and evening hours.
- Babies who suck quickly during bottle or breastfeeding can swallow large amounts of air that may cause colic-like signs.
- Occasionally, certain foods/beverages in a breastfeeding mother’s diet may cause her baby to be fussy. Milk products nuts, eggs, chocolate, coffee, tea and caffeine may be the cause. You may want to limit these particular foods.
- Remember that it is not your fault if your baby has colic.
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