Colic 101

Why is it that about 20% of all newborns cry a whole lot more than their baby counterparts?  If they’re not sick, hungry, wet, tired, hot or cold, physicians call the condition colic.  Pediatricians used to believe that excess gas caused colic, but now the thinking is that unconsolable crying causes colic, since babies frequently swallow air during fits of tears.

Pediatricians generally use the “rule of threes” when diagnosing colic:  if your baby cries for more than 3 hours more than 3 days a week for more than 3 weeks, then it’s most like colic.

Consult your pediatrician regarding your best way to calm your baby and relief her colic, but first, give the following a try:


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