This page is to provide information about infant colic. I attempt to provide a definitive colic guide page and resources to help with colic.There are several sections in this colic guide ordered for convenience and by topic. On this page you will find my interpretation and the “accepted” definition of colic.
What is colic?
The general term “colic” applies to not only babies and refers to abdominal pain. However at one point people started applying the term “colic” to an infant condition as it appeared that babies were in abdominal pain. A more accurate term for colic in babies is “infant colic”
Infant colic – the most widespread indicators of colic are as follows.
- Infant colic as we know it today, occurs in approximately 20 percent of babies.
- For parents it appears as your baby cries for no reason and uncontrollably.
- Cries for 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for 3 weeks in a row.
- Usually starts after 2 weeks of age, and usually the worst of it ends at about 3 months of age.
- internal gas can make colic worse.
OK, so the information above in my experience is all correct, and does help in identifying colic, but does not completely tell you what colic is and what to expect.
Even though you may think your baby has colic, it still may be hard to know for sure. You may just think your baby cries too much. This is understandable as sometimes your baby is fine and it does not make sense that it is gas, as sometimes baby passes gas in a normal manner with no crying at all.Another reason for confusion is that up until the relentless crying started, baby was fine. You may be thinking there is a more serious problem than the mysterious wives tale of a colicky baby.Here are a pointers to help you know if your baby has colic.
- If baby is crying uncontrollably and when you hold baby stomach down the crying decreases or stops, then this indicates colic.
- If baby is crying uncontrollably and when it hears loud white noise like a fan or vacuum cleaner or hair dryer and the crying decreases or stops, then this indicates colic.
- If your baby is crying uncontrollably but a drive in the car puts baby to sleep then this is an indication of colic.
- Hopefully this information has helped you identify colic. If there is still confusion then read more of the information on this website. Or perhaps read on to what causes colic.