Conditions + Treatments

Colic in Children

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Overview

Colic is a problem that affects some babies during the first three to four months after they're born. If your child is healthy but cries or is fussy for long periods of time with no apparent reason, she may have colic.

  • Up to 30 percent of normal, healthy babies have colic.
  • Boys and girls are equally affected.
  • Physicians are not sure what causes colic.
  • The primary concerns about colic are the stress it causes in parents and the lack of sleep it causes parents and babies.
  • Before assuming your child has colic, you should look for other signs of illness.
  • The symptoms of colic usually resolve by the time a baby is about 4 months old.
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