Infantile Colic by Jeremy et al; Am Fam Physician 2015 Oct
Up to 40% of infants might have colic in the first 3 months of their life.
A baby with colic will typically cry for more than 3 hours a day, this happens more than three times a week and the crying episodes will be there for more than 3 weeks. There should also be no other medical reason for the crying.
What causes your baby to have colic?
When should you worry?
It is always safer to get your baby checked out by a professional if there is a sudden change in his/her behaviour, like excessive crying.
Symptoms that can be a sign of a severe problem are:
What treatment is available?
Parents of babies with colic need to be calm and also look for support from family like grandparents to help cope with a crying baby.
Some things the doctor can prescribe are:
It is important to not frequently move from one formula to another since this can make the symptoms worse.
Most babies will outgrow colic by the age of 3 months