Colic | Symptoms

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How do I know if my baby has colic?

Babies who have colic cry a lot more than most babies. They may clench their fists when crying, curl up their legs or seem like they are in pain. They may even turn bright red from crying. A baby who has colic may cry in bouts or may cry almost all of the time. When your baby cries, he or she may swallow air. This may give your baby gas and make your baby's tummy look swollen and feel tight, which may make him or her even more uncomfortable.

Call your family doctor if:

  • Your baby's cry changes from a fussy one to a painful one.
  • Your baby stops gaining weight.
  • Your baby has a fever.
  • You're afraid you might hurt your baby.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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