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
– 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
– No generally accepted treatment for colic
– Simethicone – for gas
– Probiotics such as Lactobacillus reuteri
Other Management Options
– White noise
– Hold baby upright