Colic in Babies

Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) is a condition in which an otherwise healthy baby cries or displays symptoms of distress (cramping, moaning, etc.) frequently and for extended periods, without any discernible reason. The condition typically appears within the first month of life and often disappears rather suddenly, before the baby is three to four months old, but can last up to one year. One study concludes that babies who are not breastfed are almost twice as likely to have.

Colic. Epidemiology suggests that chocolate, brassica, onions, and cow's milk are among the foods that a lactating mother may need to avoid.

The crying often increases during a specific period of the day, particularly the early evening. Symptoms may worsen soon after feeding, especially in babies that do not belch easily.

The strict medical definition of colic is a condition of a healthy baby in which it shows periods of intense, unexplained fussing/crying lasting more than 3 hours a day, more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks. However, many doctors consider that definition, first described by Morris Wessel, to be overly narrow and would consider babies with sudden, severe, unexplained crying lasting less than 3 hours/day as having "colic" (so-called "non-Wessel's" colic). In reality, this extreme version of colic is more likely to be the final stage of a condition that has worsened for a few weeks.

Persistent infant crying is much more than a parenting nuisance. Crying and the exhaustion associated with it can trigger serious problems, such as relationship stress,[6] breastfeeding failure shaken baby syndrome (also known as abusive head trauma�the leading cause of child abuse fatalities), postpartum depression (affecting 10 to 15% of new mothers and many new dads),excess visits to the doctor/emergency room (1 in 6 children are brought to the doctor/emergency rooms for evaluation of persistent crying), unnecessary treatment for acid reflux and maternal smoking. Crying and exhaustion may also contribute to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and suffocation (from agitated babies flipping onto their stomachs, concerned parents placing fussy babies on the stomach to sleep, tired parents falling asleep with their baby in unsafe places, like couches or beds with bulky covers), infant obesity, maternal obesity and even automobile accidents.

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