Colic Baby Symptoms, Causes, Soothing Tips And Treatment

Colic Baby Symptoms, Causes, Soothing Tips And Treatment

Colic Baby Symptoms, Causes, Soothing Tips And Treatment


Baby Colic. This word inspires fear and confusion in new parents, and sighs of remembrance in veteran parents. For those without children, often ignorance is bliss. “Babies really get colic? I thought that was an old story.

Having said that, do not attribute any fussiness in a new bundle of joy to colic. It’s not simply a cranky newborn state. Also, if you have a baby with colic, don’t despair. It is a very temporary condition in the life of a new born.

Colic baby is defined by a rule of three’s :

  • Crying that lasts for at least three hours a day,
  •  Three or more days a week
  • Has lasted for more than three weeks is considered colic.
  • Other signs may include the appearance of being in distress or pain. This manifest as…
  1. clenched fists,
  2. crying that is wailing or high-pitched sounding,
  3. legs drawn up tightly towards the tummy,
  4. face reddened from crying hard, and abdominal tightening.

A Colic baby will have patterns of crying, not just random outbursts. Most often the colic episodes begin near the end of the day or just around dinner times. The onset of tears is sudden and will frequently end with baby passing gas or having a bowel activity.

What Causes Baby Colic?

Stunningly, medical experts still don’t know. It’s been hypothesized that it may be…

  •  lactose intolerance,
  • allergies,
  • digestive system issues
  •  immaturity,
  • sensitive temperament,

And so far none has been reliably implicated in this agonizing condition of colic babies.

What may not Cause Colic?

A Poor parenting, please do not blame yourself.

A Poor eating or sucking reflex. Babies with colic are thriving and eat good.

A Baby manipulation. Babies are not crying to control you. They are genuinely distressed and probably experiencing some kind of discomfort .

Who is the lucky baby that Gets Colic

A Few risk factors have been determined, although it’s estimated up a quarter of newborns get colic. Girls and boys have colic in equal numbers, as do both formula and breastfed ones. The Birth order makes no difference and race is not a factor. However, children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy  or after delivery have a greater likelihood of developing A colic baby.



When Does it Occur?

Most babies begin getting colic by the first few weeks of life and will be colic-free or much improved by 3 or 4 or six months of age. However, in most cases colic disappears by 3 months.

 How can I comfort a colicky baby?

  • Use The Miracle Blanket for swaddling – proved very effective
  • Try to feed a baby when he seems hungry. Never force feedings or withhold it.
  • Try to be receptive to baby’s hungry signs.
  • Use white noise. The drone of some constant background noise can be soothing for baby. Use movement. Rock baby, or place baby in a swing or vibrating seat. Go for a walk or a car ride.
  • Keep baby in an upright position.
  • Give the infant a warm soothing bath.
  • Swaddle your newborn in a soft blanket.
  • Allow baby to use a pacifier.
  • Rub baby’s tummy ( see Video here ) or learn infant massage and try this to comfort your child.
  • Frequently burp your baby.Colic Baby Symptoms, Causes, Soothing Tips And Treatment
  • Eliminate gassy, spicy or dairy foods from your diet, one at a time, to see if this helps a colicky breastfed baby.
  • Hold your baby.
  • Try an infant carrier. See image right
  • Give the baby a time out. Not as a disciplinary measure but in case the child is getting overstimulated and needs some me time.

In case something works today, don’t rely on it to work as well tomorrow. You may need to alternate, piggy-back or change up the soothing regime.

Baby Colic Drops

Baby Colic drops have been used for years to help aleviate the symptoms of colic, helping to reduce the painful symptoms of colic such as gas, bloating, and cramping etc. The drops were originally made at home using dill, bicarbonate, and alcohol. The commerically available colic drops are now more recommended over trying to make your own blend as they do not contain alcohol.

Is Calling a doctor a necessity ?

  • When your baby is vomiting, spitting up a great deal at a time or quite frequently or has diarrhea you need to contact a doctor as colic doesn’t cause these types of symptoms.
  • When your infant is losing weight or isn’t eating good
  • When your baby has a fever
  • When your baby cries have changed significantly in velocity.

Hope this will help and are more than welcomed to leave a comment below tell us your thought


Sam Ammouri

Colic Baby Symptoms, Causes, Soothing Tips And Treatment

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