Friday, February 20, 2009

All babies cry, but sometimes a baby will cry for hours at a time, no matter what you do. This is a condition called colic, which Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Any baby can get colic. Colic refers to episodes of uncontrollable, extended crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy and well fed. If your baby has colic, that doesnít mean that there is anything wrong with your baby.

Babies with colic might have a red face and clenched fists. They might pull their legs up against their stomachs. It might look like they are in pain. Even though colic is common, doctors are not sure what causes it.

Colic can start in babies as young as two weeks. It usually goes away by the time babies are three or four months old. Some babies might have colic until they are six months old.

Babies who have colic grow up normally. Colic can be hard for parents to handle. It is upsetting when your baby wonít stop crying. Treatment often requires patience as well as cuddling and rocking for often extended periods of time. Remember that colic will go away when your baby gets a little older.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.