Colic - Routine Checkups
You can ask your doctor about your
concerns regarding your baby's crying during regularly scheduled
well-baby visits. But don't hesitate to call and
discuss your concerns at any time. This is especially true if
comfort measures keep failing or if you notice other
symptoms along with the excessive crying.
At the checkup, your
doctor will want to find out whether your baby has
colic or whether crying is possibly related to an
illness, an injury, or a medical condition. To find
out, your doctor:
- Will take a
- Will perform a
physical exam of your baby.
- Will ask if
your baby has other symptoms besides crying.
- May ask you to keep a
diary of your baby's activities.
- May ask
you to show how you feed and burp the baby.
- May ask how your
baby's crying affects you.
If the baby cries excessively and has other worrisome
symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea, blood or mucus in the stool, or fever),
lab tests or
X-rays may be done to help the doctor find out whether
a condition other than colic is present.