Just What Is Colic – And Does My Baby Have It

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Just What Is Colic – And Does My Baby Have It

There are few things more nerve wracking than a crying baby, particularly when nothing you do seems to console him. But, how do you know when your baby’s symptoms have are just crying and when he has colic? And, just what is colic, anyway?

No one knows exactly what causes colic, though many old wives tales abound. Lots of older women will tell you that it is caused by parental inexperience, but colic does not occur more often in first children than in subsequent children, so they One thing that seems clear is that most babies who are experiencing colic have a stomach ache. Many are gassy, though a baby won’t cry so inconsolably every time he has gas, so it is clearly gas plus something, though just what is not clear.

Though we don’t know what colic really is, it is hard to miss when your child is experiencing it. The inconsolable crying usually begins in the late afternoon or early evening and often lasts until the baby finally falls asleep for the night, exhausted. Colic typically begins between two and three weeks of age, and is over its worst by twelve to sixteen weeks, though there are babies who start later and end later. My daughter started at twelve weeks, but thankfully her bout of colic was over in two weeks. A colicky baby will typically draw his knees up to his chest, clench his fists and scream. He may act like he wants the breast or bottle, but reject it as soon as you it’s in his mouth. You will get the sense that your child is frantic, and needs something very badly, but doesn’t know what.

If you believe your baby has colic, it is still wise to take him to a doctor. There is no cure for colic, but you should rule out other causes, such as an allergy to formula or some other gastric disorder. Once your doctor has proclaimed the baby healthy, you can chalk it up to colic.

Once you know that your baby has colic, though there is no cure, there are some remedies you can try. Simethicone drops, which are available over the counter as a gas medication for babies, helps in some cases. In addition, there are numerous tricks you can try such as taking a drive in the car or running the vacuum cleaner that will work for some babies some of the time. But, overall, colic is just a waiting game. Keep the baby (and yourself) as calm as possible and look forward to the day when it will be over.

9 Responses to “Just What Is Colic – And Does My Baby Have It”

  1. Xbox360king wrote::

    My daughter was born at 36 weeks. She is 3 weeks old now and she is very constipated and has colic very bad.
    At the hospital she was spitting up all the formula so we switched her to simialic soy.
    I noticed her getting colic when she started gettin very constipated. I tried Karo for a week now and it hasn’t done anything. She is still pooping hard balls and screaming trying to poop.I called her doctor already but I was wondering if she could be colicky from being constipated?
    Ok, the hospital is the one who switched her formula.
    She also spits up ALL my breast milk. She had low blood sugar at the hospital so we immediately had to give her a bottle so she doesn’t latch on and when she was born she had no stamina to breast feed.
    She’s also VERY gassy, she’s screams and crys all night because of her gas.

    Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9:27 am #    
  2. Rassling Fundamentals wrote::

    She doesn’t exhibit ALL the signs? I was reading on the Mayo Clinic site about the different symptoms and she has most but not all.
    1-she typically wakes up and starts crying around 12:30 at night and it lasts a few hours.
    2-feeding, changing and burping don’t seem to help much
    3-she pumps her legs and her face is flushed
    However she doesn’t scream the entire time. She cries, but she’ll calm down for a few minutes and then start in again.

    Maybe it’s something in our bedroom because I take her into the other room(s) and she’s ok???
    I think Nicki could be right, she could be constipated, she only goes once a day. I’ll talk to the doctor tomorrow when we go in.

    Monday, February 3, 2014 at 3:43 pm #    
  3. RxP DarkBox wrote::

    I plan to take my baby to the doc on Monday but I wanted opinions here. Every night, my son seems like he doesn’t want to go to sleep. He is 4wks old. It starts around 10pm and lasts til around midnight and even 2am some nights. He cries and cries. We change his diaper, burp him, feed him etc but he just cries. I try to rock him, hold him, etc. and he cries more. The only thing that has semi worked are mylicon drops or swaddling him. It has gotten so bad that it causes arguments b/w my husband and me b/c frustration. We’re tired, we want to go to bed..he tries something, it doesn’t work..I try something, it doesn’t work etc. Then we argue, I cry..I just want my baby to be happy and ok! That’s what we both want. He is breastfed about 50% of the time and we do supplement w/ Enfamil and have been since birth. The crying thing just started in the last week or so.. What is this? What can we do?

    OH..and if we sit him up and pat his back he’ll get quiet!!

    Monday, February 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm #    
  4. thexbox360player wrote::

    ok so today my horse ate a plastic flower. well actually it was a material flower, ones that you can buy at the dollar store. but any way would my horse colic because of this ?
    He’s five years old. And he had no problem eating, he ate an apple and hay after.
    I am not able to watch him because he is borded half an hour away

    Monday, February 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm #    
  5. Jerosh Nagulachandran wrote::

    My baby is 4 weeks old and has colic. She is best on breastmilk however I only make 1-2 ozs on Fenugreek so breast milk is not an option. Switched from similac adavanced to soy and now on Alimentum. I’m just wondering if anyone has seen a different result from giving the prepared liquid version of the formula verses the powder in a can of the Alimentum. Also, does it really make the gas and poop smell that bad or does my baby have some some stomach issue?

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 12:33 am #    
  6. Harriet W wrote::

    My daughter is unfortunatly colic. Shes 1 month old. She usually cries for about 3-5 hours a day. Ive tried the gas drops for infants and they arent working. Ive tried changing her formula but she ended up throwing up all the time so I went back to Similac with Iron. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions and/or edvice for me. Im so exhusted and I get really emotional with her crying because I cant help her. I just dont know what to do. Id really apprieciate the responses! Thanks

    -Lorah

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm #    
  7. XplicitzZ wrote::

    ok so i fed the horse at my house at 8 and my mom didnt think that i fed her so she fed her again 2 hours later, and so she got double grain
    1 grain is
    ~1 pound of grain
    ~2 apples
    ~3 tables spoons of molasses
    ~1/2 cup of bran
    ~and corn oil

    and she got double that

    will she colic?
    shes also pregnant

    but im so worried and i cant call the vet cuz its 11:40

    and im freaking out
    im going to check on her every hour
    how am i supposed to tell if she has colic?
    because she always itches and scratchs her belly
    im so worried.
    plez help
    im not looking for troll answers i actually need good answers bcuz its an emergency!

    ron sr-
    she always bites at her sides and lays down
    so it would be hard to tell if she has colic the only sign would be rolling.
    so it would be hard to catch her rolling.
    i just checked on her and she was asleep
    she was laying down asleep
    she usually does this when she sleeps

    ang-
    teaspoons not tables spoons sorry!
    and we give her alfalfa with her hay

    Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:35 am #    
  8. Zanto wrote::

    my son J.J is 4 months months old. I have tried everything to get his colic undercontrol. I have tried fennel tea, soft music and sometimes just let him be…. he is up all hours of the night and day. It got sooo bad, I have even tried to knock him out… I need any advice I canget…please help!!!
    how do i get my son to sleep thru the night…he wakes up very much and i don’t get any sleep?

    Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:11 am #    
  9. Beavis wrote::

    I was wondering if there are any diseases or health problems associated with adults who were colicky babies. Any colic babies out there who want to share his/her list of ailments?
    Comet girl–that’s good–I want a kind of history…like, I had shingles when I was in grade school (twice). I guess I’m kind of doing a bit of research…Thanks!
    Okay, now I feel like I should share my list:
    shingles (grade school)
    major depression (late teens, early 20s)
    IBS (early to mid 20s)
    Anxiety? (late 20s to current?)
    Okay, that sounded insensitive, comet girl, it’s not good that your son is highly ADHD.., your answer was what I was looking for–that’s what was good.

    Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12:05 pm #