Understanding Colic -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of Colic?
Colic is not a disease but a pattern of persistent, prolonged crying in your baby.
Doctors consider it colic if an otherwise healthy infant up to four months old exhibits the following behaviors:
- Loud crying lasting three hours or more for three or more days a week, over a period of more than three weeks.
- While crying, the baby draws his legs to his abdomen and clenches his hands and curls his toes; his face alternately flushes and pales with the effort of crying.
- Episodes of crying that sometimes begin or end with a bowel movement or the passing of gas.
Call Your Doctor About Colic If:
- Your baby has not had colic before and you suspect he is colicky; your doctor may want to rule out other causes.
- Bouts of colic are accompanied by fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or constipation -- all signs of illness not associated with simple colic.
- Your baby's crying sounds painful, not fussy -- indicating injury or illness is causing the distress.
- Your baby is older than four months and still acting colicky.
- Your colicky child fails to gain weight and is not hungry, which suggests illness.
- You're exhausted or angry -- and fear stress might lead to hurting your baby.