Coping With Colic


Colic. Just the word makes moms and dads who have experienced it tense up and sigh in tired frustration. Colic occurs in roughly 10 to 25 percent of healthy infants, and something those baby's parents learn to deal with in those first weeks (sometimes months) of life. Many causes have been proposed, such as overstimulation, increased gas production, or a change in bacteria that normally live in the intestines, but there is no definite cause, or treatment, for colic, says Dr. Miranda Cordell, pediatrician at Novant Health Pediatrics Arboretum. Colic is typically characterized by fussy outbursts for more than three hours, more than three times per week; most commonly during the evening or at night. Typically with these crying spells, the child has a higher than normal pitched cry and they are difficult to console.

“Calming techniques such as swaddling, swaying or swinging and white noise can help alleviate the crying during these episodes,” Cordell says. “Probiotics made for infants can also help relieve symptoms, which typically resolve spontaneously by 3-4 months of age.”