It’s Colic Awareness Month, and if you’re expecting or are a new parent, it’s good to learn more about colic.
Colic is frequent and intense crying in an otherwise healthy infant. It can be extremely stressful and frustrating for new parents.
Symptoms of colic include screaming and crying for no apparent reason and fussiness after crying. Their face can get red, and their whole body can get tense.
Colic frequently sticks to a predictable schedule, usually with crying episodes happening each evening.
Colic usually peaks when an infant is 6 weeks old and declines after they’re 3 or 4 months old.
The cause of colic is unknown, but researchers have explored digestive issues as a possible reason. Smoking during pregnancy does increase the risk of your baby developing colic.
Colic can increase the risk of postpartum depression in mothers, as well as the stress, guilt, and exhaustion that can come with being a new parent. The important thing to remember is to never shake your baby when you can’t comfort them.
If you’re worried that your child might have colic, talk to your doctor and schedule an appointment to do an exam. They’ll make sure there isn’t a more serious issue causing your child’s discomfort.