Baby Colic, Causes and Treatment

Colic is known as prolonged and excessive crying or fussiness in a healthy baby. It usually starts when the baby is around 2 weeks old and normally stops by four months of age. It can be very frustrating for the parents too since the episodes occur during at night when everybody is tired and the crying is inconsolable.

Symptoms

  • Intense crying that lasts several hours
  • Predictable timing of episodes (usually in the late afternoon to evening)
  • Clenched fists and arched back
  • Frequent sleeplessness

Causes

Colic’s exact cause is unknown. They say it’s about genetics or has something to do during pregnancy or childbirth.

  • Acid reflux
  • Oversensitivity by light or noise
  • Stomach pain
  • Food allergies
  • Overfeeding or underfeeding
  • Infrequent burping

All babies cry, it is their way of communicating with us. But sometimes they cry non-stop for three hours and we can’t figure out what is wrong. They are not hungry, diapers are dry, and temperature is just right. What is probably wrong with your baby? Colic puts terrible pressure on new parents and it is very frustrating. Don’t think too much. Always ask for help whether it is from your doctor, parents, or partner. Staying calm is easier said than done but it is the best way to keep you and your baby away from too much stress.

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