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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 medical history.
  • 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.

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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: February 25, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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