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What is colic?

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Colic is a bit of a mystery. The term applies to any healthy, well-fed infant who cries more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, for more than three weeks. Here's what we know about it:

  • Colic is likely to start around age 2 weeks if your infant is full-term (or later if premature).
  • It almost always goes away on its own by 3 or 4 months.
  • Your baby's sex and birth order, and whether you breast- or bottle-feed, don’t affect it.
  • Kids who had colic as babies are no different from those who didn’t.

From: Could Your Baby's Crying Be Colic? 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 May 19, 2019

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 May 19, 2019

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