Conditions

Infantile Colic

Infantile Colic is the medical term for excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy and well fed.

If your baby has colic, they may appear to be in distress. Your baby’s face will be red and flushed, their crying will be severe and furious, and there may be little or nothing that you can do to comfort them.

You may also notice a distinctive change in your baby’s posture. Your baby may clench their fists, draw up their knees, or arch their back.

Crying most often occurs in the late afternoon or evening and usually lasts for at least three hours a day and at least three days a week.

A baby with colic may have several crying outbursts a day and the crying pattern usually begins within the first few weeks.

Typically, a baby with colic will scream and draw up their legs, and may refuse to be comforted. It can be very distressing for parents, especially as the cause of colic is unknown. However researchers think that indigestion or wind may play a significant role.

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