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

 

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

 

Treatment

–     No generally accepted treatment for colic

Medication

–     Simethicone – for gas
–     Probiotics such as Lactobacillus reuteri

Other Management Options

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

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