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Baby Colic

By Dr Evelyn Lewin

Baby Colic is a bit of a mystery. The term applies to any healthy, well-fed infant aged between 3 weeks and 3 months, who cries more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks.

symptoms

Baby Colic usually starts around age 2 weeks in a full-term infant (or later in a premature infant).
  • It almost always goes away on its own by 3 or 4 months.
  • Gender, breast- or bottle-feeding, and birth order don’t affect it.
  • Kids who had colic as babies are no different than those who didn’t.

treatment

Based on your baby’s needs, your pediatrician can help. This usually means trying one calming method at a time to see if it helps and, if it doesn’t in a few days, moving on to another one.

Reviewed by Dr Evelyn Lewin 24 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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