Signs and symptoms of colic

We help you identify those tell tale signs of a colicky baby


What are the symptoms?


“Your baby may suffer with crying that lasts for more than three hours a day, more than three times a week,” says independent health visitor Nicole Joseph. “She’ll be wailing frantically, may bring her knees up to her chest, clench her fists and even arch her back.”

Other signs include a flushed face, not wanting to be touched, and looking shocked or distressed. The tears tend to occur between 5pm and 9pm, and should stop by the time she’s 4 months.

“It’s important to remember every child is different and colic should have no lasting effect,” adds Nicole.

Other key signs to look for:

  • More ‘bad nappies’.
  • An increase in wind.
  • Inability to settle into a sleep rouitne.
  • Seeming uncomfortably restless.
  • Not wanting to be touched.

Because no-one knows exactly what the cause of colic is, it’s hard for a GP to prescribe something to improve the baby’s state. It’s really a case of trial and error with remedies, and what works for one baby a treat may not work for another.

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