Soothing a Colicky Baby

Kelsey Siebold Staff

Colic affects between 5 percent and 25 percent of infants between 2 weeks and 4 months old. If you have a baby that cries predictably for at least three hours a day with no end in sight, you might have a colicky baby on your hands.

Colic is usually diagnosed when other potential reasons for crying have been ruled out, such as gastrointestinal illnesses or allergies.

Many new moms feel a great deal of stress and anxiety over a colicky baby, which can lead to short-term depression and irritability. This in turn can cause stress within the family. Ultimately, however, there seems to be no long-term effects for infants who have colic.

If your doctor determines your baby has colic, there may not be much you can do. Because there isn’t a specifically-known cause of colic, there isn’t one treatment. There aren’t any medications available that are safe and effective for your baby. If you’ve taken your child to the doctor and know your baby is otherwise healthy, fed and clean, all you can do to ease their crying is to be there to soothe them.