Colic 101: What It Is and What to Do
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You bring your newborn home, and for weeks you marvel at your baby who does little more than sleep, eat, pee and cry sometimes. Then one day a few weeks later, she erupts in ear-shattering wails, complete with clenched fists, flailing legs and an unhappy red face. Welcome to the world of colic. But in babies with colic, the crying starts suddenly for no apparent reason … and has no apparent cure. Colic is not a disease or diagnosis but a combination of baffling behaviors. These fussy periods can go on for hours at a time, sometimes late into the night. Worst of all, try as you might — and try you will — it's extremely difficult to calm a colicky baby, which only compounds your own frustration, worry and exhaustion.
By Colleen Seto Mar 19, Colton had colic , and it lasted nine long months for the Waterdown, Ont. Calgary mom Erin Brophy can relate. Her second child, Hannah, also had colic. The only thing that calmed Hannah was applying pressure to her belly and frequent nursing, especially through the night. The crying is often worse at night. And while colic usually lasts about three months, it can go on longer, which happened for both Colton and Hannah.
Learn what causes your baby's nonstop crying, and find out how you can tell whether it's colic or sickness — plus how you can soothe her tears. We expect babies to cry. But about 15 to 25 percent of newborns cry a whole lot more than others. When these otherwise healthy babies cry excessively and inconsolably for no apparent reason — they're not sick, hungry, wet, tired, hot, or cold but are inexplicably miserable — pediatricians call that colic. Colic is somewhat subjective, and whether your baby's crying is "average" or "excessive" may depend on how much you can endure.
How Do I Know If My Baby Has Colic?
Colic is when a healthy baby cries or fusses frequently for a prolonged period of time. If your baby regularly cries for more than 3 hours a day, he or she may have colic.