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What is colic?
If your child is otherwise well, but cries or is fussy for long periods of time with no apparent reason, he may have colic. This crying may go one for hours at a time.
There are several theories about why colic may occur:
Is colic common?
Up to 30 percent of normal, healthy babies have colic. It affects boys and girls equally.
Is colic something the babies inherit from parents and grandparents?
There is no evidence that colic runs in families.
What are the symptoms of colic?
Is colic a cause for concern?
Colic is not typically a cause for concern, but it can have some unpleasant side effects:
Despite this, a child with colic should still grow and gain weight normally.
You should also look for other symptoms that may indicate that your child has something other than colic. These may include:
Contact your child's physician if you notice any of these symptoms, or if your baby is crying excessively. Your child's physician will examine your child to make sure other problems are not present that might be causing colic-like symptoms.
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