Colic - Topic Overview
How is colic diagnosed?
If you are worried about
your baby's crying, see your doctor or talk about it at your baby's next
routine checkup. To make sure that crying is colic, your doctor may do a
physical exam and ask you about your baby's past health, what comforting
techniques you have tried, and whether you have noticed any other symptoms. You
may also be asked about how the crying affects you and to show how you feed and burp
your baby. Your doctor may suggest that you keep track of when and how often
your baby cries.
If your baby has any symptoms that worry you,
such as vomiting or a fever, your doctor may do lab tests or X-rays to find out
what is causing them.
What can you do about colic?
It may help to see if
there is a pattern to your baby's crying. Many babies cry most in the late
afternoon and evening hours. If you notice that your baby cries at certain
times of day, you can try holding your baby more before those times. But during
expected fussy times, limit visitors, keep noise and lights low, and touch your
baby only if needed.
After crying starts, try rocking your baby in
a quiet room, or take him or her out for a walk in a front-pack carrier or
stroller. Some babies are soothed by riding in a car or listening to a droning
sound, like a fan or a clothes dryer.
Do what you can to comfort
your baby, but accept that sometimes nothing works. If you feel stressed or
worn out, ask a friend or family member to give you a break. Take good care of
yourself, and remember that colic will go away soon.
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