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Colic - When to Call a Doctor

Call911or other emergency services immediately if:

Call your doctor immediately if your baby:

  • Cries in a peculiar manner or for a very unusual length of time.
  • Has not been diagnosed with colic but cries excessively and also has symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or blood or mucus in the stool.

Call your doctor and schedule an appointment if:

  • Your baby is not gaining weight.
  • Your baby has no symptoms other than crying, but you want to check for health problems that may be related.
  • Your baby seems to be acting odd, and you can't identify exactly what concerns you.
  • You have tried comfort measures repeatedly and have not been able to console your baby.

Also, think about your own health and well-being. Call your doctor if you:

  • Frequently feel anxious or think you may be depressed.
  • Feel that you are not able to nurture or emotionally connect with your baby.

Who to see

The following health professionals can examine your baby and diagnose colic or other conditions that may be related to excessive crying. They can also help you handle the common frustrations of having a colicky baby.

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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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