Baby Colic Can Make You And Your Baby Miserable, But It Will Soon Pass

All babies cry and get fussy from time to time, but if your baby seems to cry all the time and you don't know why, they may have colic. To diagnose colic, your baby's doctor will rule out other potential causes for the crying and then ask if your child cries at least three hours each day, at least three days a week, and has been doing so for over three weeks. If so, the doctor may say your baby has colic. If this is the case you'll want to know if colic is a serious condition and what you can do about it. Here are some things to know about baby colic:

Colic Isn't Dangerous For Your Baby

The cause of baby colic isn't understood. There are several theories as to why it occurs, but all that's known for sure is that colic isn't dangerous and has no lasting ill effects for your child. However, living with a baby that has colic isn't that clear cut. Just because colic isn't dangerous doesn't mean you should disregard your child's cries. Your child might get sick or have another medical problem arise that needs prompt treatment from the doctor. When the crying pattern, duration, or style changes, or if your baby runs a fever or develops other symptoms, call your baby's doctor for advice.

Colic Is Stressful For Parents

As a new parent, you're probably stressed and worried about your child crying all the time. Colic can be harder on you than normal baby cries. You may need to bring in extra help during this time of your baby's life. Fortunately, colic tapers off as your baby gets older, so in a few months, the excess crying should stop.

Soothing Activities May Help

Babies respond differently to their environments, so you'll have to try different things to get your baby to calm down when they're having an episode. This might include adding white noise to their room, taking a night drive, placing your baby in a swing, holding your baby in a certain way, or giving a relaxing massage.

It's also possible that your baby could be having a reaction to the formula you're using. Your doctor may recommend you switch to a new brand or new type of formula. If you breastfeed, you might need to alter your own diet since your baby consumes the same foods as you. Avoiding caffeine is one possible solution your doctor may recommend.

Your baby probably won't need medical treatments for colic, however, some alternative treatments are available. You can buy teas or drops made from herbs that work to soothe a baby with colic. These may help with digestion or reduce gas. They may also have a calming effect. Take the product to your baby's doctor so they can check the ingredients before you give an over-the-counter product to your young baby for reassurance that the product is suitable and safe.