Colic is uncontrollable crying in an otherwise healthy baby. Your baby is considered colicky if he’s younger than 5 months old and cries for more than three hours in a row on three or more days a week for at least three weeks (phew!).
Colic isn't a disease and won't cause your baby any long-term harm, but it's a tough thing to go through for babies and their parents
Most new parents anticipate that the reality of a new baby will be quite challenging, but few people are prepared for a baby that cries inconsolably for hours.
A baby whose needs have all been met, but is still screaming that ear-piercing wail, with fists clenched, knees drawn up tightly and a terrible grimace on his/her little face.
Estimates of colic vary widely from 5% to up to 40% of babies being affected, but most experts will accept a middle ground figure of around 20%. That's one in five babies screaming for hours at a time. The sound is heartbreaking and being unable to comfort your own baby is intensely stressful for parents.
The main symptom of colic is excessive crying that lasts for prolonged periods, in a baby that is otherwise healthy and has had all his/her needs attended to.
The most commonly accepted medical definition of colic is the “Rule of Threes”: a baby that is otherwise healthy and has had his/her needs met, but who still cries for 3 or more hours in a day, for 3 or more days per week, for 3 weeks or more.
Other common symptoms of colic include:
• Crying that is a high pitched, ear-piercing sound;
• Grimacing or frowning face, with a pained expression;
• Red, flushed face;
• Clenched fists;
• Excessive gas (flatulence);
• Knees drawn up to chest;
• Baby looks like s/he is in pain;
• Often worse in the afternoon or evening (but can happen at any time).
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