What is colic?
Colic is defined as a baby whose crying lasts for more than 3 hours a day at least 3 days per week for more than 3 weeks. Colicky babies usually get fussy toward the end of the day, but colic can happen at any time.
How long will the colic last?
Colic usually starts a few weeks after birth. It usually goes away by age 3 months, although it can last longer. If your baby is still colicky after 3 months of age, he or she may be experiencing a reflux disorder.
Things to remember about colic:
- You didn't cause the colic, so try not to feel guilty.
- Colic almost always goes away by 3 months of age. It should go away by the time your baby is 6 months old.
- You can try many things to soothe your baby.
- Giving your baby extra attention won't "spoil" him or her.
- Just because your baby has colic doesn't mean he or she is unhealthy.
Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff