Anyone who has spent any amount of time with an infant knows that babies cry. This is a normal part of their development and how they try to communicate. Unfortunately, some babies cry, even though their basic needs are taken care of. What do you do when you baby is crying, even after you have fed, changed his diaper, made sure that he is comfortable, carried and rocked him? Maybe you notice that your baby cries at the same time every day. It is possible that your baby is experiencing “colic.”
Signs and Symptoms of Colic
Generally speaking, colic is defined using the “rule of three’s”, meaning periods of crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week, and longer than three weeks, in an otherwise healthy, well-fed infant. Some other signs might include:
- Extreme crying episodes. Your baby might be so upset that his/her face is turning red from screaming. This is not just “fussiness”, but periods of time where you baby is unable to be consoled.
- Predictable crying times. You may notice that your baby cries at specific times of the day, for a predictable amount of time.
- Changes in your baby’s posture. Some babies may arch their back, or curl up into a ball. They may clench their fists and tense up their abdominal muscles
It is hard to estimate how many babies are affected with colic, but most babies outgrow these crying episodes within 6 weeks, however, it is possible for the condition to last as long as 9 months. This can be extremely frustrating for new parents, who are trying to bond with their infants, are getting little sleep, and may be unsure of their parenting abilities. Luckily, Colic Care® can help. We have also included other tips that might make you and your baby a little more comfortable during these first months of life. Check out our article entitled “Tips For New Parents” for more information on the causes of colic and other helpful tips.