Colic is excessive crying and irritability in an infant. If your baby has colic, it may seem like he or she cries all the time. To be diagnosed with colic, a baby must cry for more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks. Babies with colic usually become more fussy at the end of the day, but the extreme crying may occur at anytime. Colic is not caused by a medical condition. But crying can cause a baby to swallow air, which can lead to gas and discomfort, and further crying. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about colic, why it occurs, how to treat it, and much more.
Abdominal Gas and Colic-Topic Overview
Some people have problems digesting milk protein or milk sugar ( lactose intolerance ). But these problems are very rare in babies. Until your doctor can evaluate your baby,it is usually not advisable to switch formula or stop breast-feeding as a means to remedy suspected food digestion problems. Research shows that a vast majority of babies diagnosed with colic do not have health problems ...
Colic-When to Call a Doctor
Callor other emergency services immediately if:You are afraid that you are about to harm your baby and you cannot find someone to help you.Your baby has been shaken, has a change in his or her level of consciousness, or has signs of severe difficulty breathing.Call your health professional immediately if your baby:Cries in a peculiar manner or for a very unusual length of time.Has not been ...
You may prevent some crying episodes related to colic by developing a strong emotional bond with your baby, which helps both of you to feel more secure and calm. Once your baby has started to cry, use comforting and soothing techniques to try to shorten the episode or decrease its intensity. Certain preventive measures may also help. Colic usually peaks when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of .
Colic-What to Expect
Similarities and differences between normal crying and colicBecause infants cry more in their first 3 months than at any other time in their lives, it is often difficult to tell the difference between colic and expected crying behavior. Both types of crying gradually increase, peaking at about 6 to 8 weeks of age. Most crying episodes occur in the late afternoon and evening hours, although the ...
When a Disease Causes Baby's Colic
For many parents, colic remains a bothersome, mysterious condition that only time and a lot of patience can cure. But sometimes colic isn't a mystery. For some inconsolable infants, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be to blame for the screaming, the sleeplessness and the pain.
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