Baby Colic

Baby Colic is a condition where a baby or infant cries repeatedly and without any noticeable or identifiable reason.

The infant often cries frequently and for long periods of time.

Crying often begins around 3 weeks following birth. Crying will last until 3 or 4 months of age. It will then stop very suddenly.

More often seen in the following

–     Bottle Fed babies
–     Less common in Breast fed babies
–     Age – between 3 weeks and 3 months

Potential Causes:

–     Remains unknown
–     May be related to Temperament
–     May be related to Environment
–     Possible relation to Nervous System or Digestive System
–     May be related to Melatonin production

The True Difficulty

–     Lies often with the family
–     Loss of sleep
–     Increase of anxiety and Depression
–     Low self-esteem

*** –   Treatment groups for parents have been set up


–  Attempt to treat symptoms
–  Some medications can help child feel better
–  No curative treatment


–     Simethicone – for gas
–     Probiotics such as Lactobacillus reuteri

Other Management Options

–     Soothing
–     Bouncing
–     Rocking
–     Pacifiers
–     White noise
–     Hold baby upright