Thursday, August 05, 2010

Colic is inconsolable crying in a healthy newborn baby with bouts of fussiness and irritability. The condition has no known cause but is harmless, although it can be very distressing for parents. Dr. Edward Hill discusses colic in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Babies who have colic cry a lot more than most babies. They may clench their fists when crying, curl up their legs or seem like they are in pain. They may even turn bright red from crying. When this crying lasts for more than 3 hours a day and happens at least 3 days per week for more than 3 weeks, it's called colic.

Colicky babies usually get fussy toward the end of the day, but colic can happen at any time.

No one is sure what causes colic. Babies who have colic are typically healthy, so it's not caused by a medical problem.

It is estimated that colic affects almost 25 percent of babies. These symptoms usually start around three weeks of age, peak at six weeks and usually stop around three or four months.

If you are unsure whether your babys crying is colic or a symptom of another illness, call your childs doctor.

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