Pediatric Colic

Pediatric Colic


What is colic?

Colic is when a healthy baby cries for an extended period of time for no reason.  

Expanded overview

Colic typically begins suddenly with nonstop crying.  This can be very stressful for mom and dad. The good news is colic will go away on its own after once the baby is around 3 months to 6 months old.

What are the signs and symptoms if colic?

  • Burping
  • Clenching fist (while crying)
  • Crying that last more than 3 hours a day
  • Curling up legs towards their abdomen (while crying)
  • Flushed face
  • Gas
  • Happens more than 3 days a week
  • Last for more than 3 weeks
  • Tight belly

What is the main cause of colic?

The cause for colic is unknown. Some theories include:

  • The baby is sensitive and having trouble adjusting
  • The baby is unable to calm itself
  • Gas
  • Milk allergy/intolerance

How is colic diagnosed?

  • Medical history
  • Physical exam
  • Blood test
  • Imaging (to rule out any other medical conditions)


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