All babies cry and fuss at times. They’re trying to communicate with you and make their needs understood. But if you are worried about your little one or think he may have colic or fussiness caused by an underlying issue, then call your baby’s doctor. He or she will be able to explain what’s going on and either have you come in for a visit or explain what you’re experiencing might be normal.
Questions to Consider Asking About Crying and Colic
- What might be causing my baby to cry?
- What’s normal to expect for my baby’s crying—amounts and intensity?
- Any suggestions for tips to calm him down?
- How can you tell normal crying and fussiness from something a real problem?
- Could this be colic? How can you tell?
- I’m not sure if my baby is teething—could this be causing his crying and fussiness?
- He often cries after he eats; could this indicate something?
- My baby doesn’t cry much, but he seems to fuss a bit. Is this normal?
- He seems to be gassy at the same time he’s fussy. Should I be worried?
- What resources do you recommend to better understand why my baby is acting this way?
Before a Pediatrician Appointment
If your pediatrician recommends coming in for a visit, remember to ask if there is anything you should do in preparation. Before you meet with the pediatrician:
- Write down all of your baby’s issues and your concerns.
- When do you notice crying and fussiness? Is it after eating? Any particular time of day?
- How long has his crying seemed excessive?
- About how many hours a day does his crying last?
- Are there any other issues that seem to be related to or causing the crying (e.g., gas, vomiting, diarrhea, skin rash)?
- Log anything you are giving your baby:
- Vitamins or other nutritional supplements
- Type of formula
- Breast milk
- Any solids
- Note any changes in your baby lately:
- Sleep pattern
- Eating habits
- Also, write down your list of questions (a good start is the list above) and bring them with you.
If your pediatrician does suspect colic, know that your baby may outgrow it—and that it should not have an impact on his health and development. Work with the doctor to rule out any underlying issues and help your baby through this phase.
One Last Question
Is your baby having trouble with excessive crying? Ask your pediatrician if a switch in formula may help. And for the latest research on the subject, read “Crying, Fussiness and Colic: What Doctors Are Learning”.