Dealing With Colic


Dr. Randall

It should come as no surprise to you when your baby cries. But when the crying is excessive and your baby is difficult to console, colic may be the culprit. The definition of colic is “persistent, inconsolable crying.” The symptoms of colic may include:

  • Appearing to be in pain
  • Arching the back
  • A round, full abdomen
  • Clenching the fists
  • Drawing the legs up to the abdomen
  • Flailing arms and legs
  • Frequently passing gas, or
  • Struggling angrily when held

Colic usually occurs in babies who are two to 12 weeks old, and the crying can last for two to four hours each day.

Although there is little that you can do to relieve colic, just know that it won’t last forever. Some suggestions offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics to help calm a colicky baby include:

  • Walking her in a soft-sided baby carrier that you strap to the front of your body.
  • Laying her tummy down across your knees and gently rubbing her back. The pressure against her tummy may relieve her discomfort.
  • Breastfeeding moms can ask their pediatricians about a change in diet or eliminating specific foods since your baby’s colic may stem from food sensitivity.

If your baby cries uncontrollably, be sure to let your healthcare team know. They may have additional suggestions on how you and your family can best cope with colic.