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.