Colic | Overview

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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

Reviewed/Updated: 07/13
Created: 01/95

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