Colic is a condition that babies develop that is characterized by uncontrollable crying. Common symptoms of colic may include: excessive crying that occurs at a regular time each day, curled up legs and other clenched body language, and crying with no apparent cause.
The cause for colic is unknown. There are theories that it may be linked to allergies, or changes in the digestive system; however, nothing has been proven. A doctor makes the diagnosis for colic once all other possibilities are ruled out. Babies diagnosed with colic are otherwise healthy despite the uncontrollable crying.
Having a baby with colic can be extremely frustrating to the parents. The important point is not to become overwhelmed. Allow yourself time for breaks and maintain a positive attitude. Colic is only temporary. The condition usually begins at 3-4 weeks after birth and usually ends around 4 months of age.
Although there is no cure for colic, there are many resources and support groups available to help parents. If your child is displaying the symptoms or has been diagnosed with colic, talk to your doctor about the most current treatment options.