Colic: how do I know if my baby has it?

Colic: how do I know if my baby has it?

If your baby is crying a lot colic could be the reason. As its normal for your baby to shed a few tears, it can be tricky to figure out just how much is too much. Try the rule of three as a guide: if your baby is crying intensely for three hours a day, three days a week, or for more than three weeks in a row – that’s more than average and colic might be to blame. Babies with colic will often pull their knees up to their chest, have a rigid back, and clench their fists – that’s something to look out for too.


Colic in babies is fairly common and around one in five babies will suffer from it. No one is quite sure what causes colic, but trapped wind is sometimes blamed. While it’s not nice for either of you, Colic isn’t dangerous, so you don’t need to panic.

Colic: What can I do about it?

Unfortunately there isn’t a cure for colic, but the good news is that it’s not permanent and usually passes by 3 months. Your baby isn’t in danger, but it can be pretty distressing for both of you. Here are a few things that can help with colic in babies:

Soothing motion – a car ride, or a trip in the buggy can make a difference

Burping –  burp baby after feeds

Check your diet – some common gas-causing foods like cabbage or caffeine can affect your breast milk and make your baby windy

If you’re concerned about your baby's crying, or if you’re finding it hard to cope, talk to your health professional, family or friends.


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