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What causes colic?

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Colic’s exact cause is unknown, and that's why there’s not a clear way to help it. Some theories of what’s behind it include:

  • A growing digestive system with muscles that often spasm
  • Gas
  • Hormones that cause stomach pain or a fussy mood
  • Oversensitivity or overstimulation by light, noise, etc.
  • A moody baby
  • A still-developing nervous system

From: Colic in Babies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care. Parker, S., Zuckerman, B. and Augustyn, M. (eds), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005.

KidsHealth: “Your Colicky Baby.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 16, 2020

SOURCES: 

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care. Parker, S., Zuckerman, B. and Augustyn, M. (eds), Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2005.

KidsHealth: “Your Colicky Baby.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 16, 2020

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