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    Colic is an attack of crying and what appears to be abdominal pain in young infancy.

    It is a common condition and is estimated to affect up to 1 in 5 infants during their first few months.

    All infants cry for various reasons, including hunger, cold, tiredness, heat, or because the diaper needs changing.

    However, an infant may cry even after being fed, cleaned, and well cared for. If an infant has repeated episodes of inconsolable crying but appears to be healthy and well, they may have colic.

    Fast facts on colic

    Here are some key points about colic. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.

    Colic is characterized by long bouts of crying for no obvious reason.

    It generally only lasts a number of weeks.

    Smoking during pregnancy might increase the risk of colic.

    The diagnosis of colic predominantly consists of ruling out other illnesses.

    Home treatments for colic can be effective.

    What is colic?

    Colic only normally lasts a number of weeks but cause stress for the family.

    Colic usually appears a few weeks after birth and carries on until the infant is about three to four months old. Even though they may cry a great deal, colic is neither dangerous nor harmful.

    Experts say that colic has no long-term effects and an infant with colic will gain weight and feed normally.

    Colic is relatively short-lived.

    This article will focus on colic in infants, but there are a number of other types, such as:

    Renal colic: This is abdominal pain generally caused by kidney stones. The pain can be constant or come in waves.

    Biliary colic: This is pain caused by a gallstone obstructing the cystic duct as the gallbladder contracts.

    Horse colic: This is a symptom of a number of diseases in horses.

    Painter’s colic: This can be caused by lead poisoning.


    The following symptoms will appear in an otherwise healthy and well-fed infant:

    Intense crying: The infant cries intensely and furiously, and there is not much the parents can do to comfort them. The baby’s face will become red and flushed. Crying episodes tend to occur at the same time every day – generally during the late afternoon or evening. Episodes may last from a few minutes to much longer periods. Crying usually starts suddenly and for no apparent reason

    Changed posture: Fists may be clenched, tensed abdominal muscles, knees drawn up, and the back arched

    Sleeping: Sleep may be irregular and interrupted with episodes of crying

    Feeding: Feeding may also be interrupted and irregular with episodes of intense crying. However, the amount the baby eats each day is not reduced

    Wind: During episodes of intense crying, the baby may pass wind

    Varying intensities: With some infants, symptoms are mild, and the baby may only experience periods of restlessness.

    If you think the baby’s crying may be the result of an injury or fall, seek medical attention. If you notice any change in the baby’s general behavior, eating habits or sleeping patterns that concern you, ask your doctor or nurse for advice.


    It is suggested that wind or indigestion may be involved in colic, but the causes are largely unknown.

    Some wonder whether the infant’s gut is immature and sensitive to some of the substances in breast or formula milk. Milk allergies and lactose intolerance have similar symptoms to those of colic. These theories are not supported by evidence, however.

    Twice as many infants have colic if their mother smoked during pregnancy.

    Colic does not occur more commonly among first, second or third born children. Breastfed and formula-fed infants are equally likely to have colic.


    A doctor may conduct a physical exam to determine whether anything may be causing the baby’s distress, such as an intestinal obstruction. If the baby is found to be otherwise healthy, they will be diagnosed with colic. Laboratory tests or scans are not usually necessary unless the doctor suspects there may be an underlying cause.

  • #2412

    Colic in infants is bad, it leaves the mother frustrated and angry

  • #2416

    Thanks for sharing, I was lucky my son didn’t have colic

  • #2422

    colic for me is just a baptized name,and many parents started giving self prescribed drugs to innocent babies ,i was a victim once though,what the baby need is a good hot water massage and moisturizes with coconut oil ,immidiately i gave birth to my son who just turned 1 last few days i gave a coconut water and till date he didnt expereience anything like that

  • #2427

    Taking care of babies is the most difficult things to do. Their pains and cries are sometimes mistakens for unnecessary disturbance, simply bcos they are not able to speak out their feelings. This colic makes a baby to cry so much that the mother gets distablized.

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