Explore Colic Articles
Is it typical crying and fussiness, or is it colic? What are some of the best ways to soothe your little one? Could probiotics play a role in reducing colicky symptoms? Explore our colic resources for tips on identifying and managing this challenging behavior so that your baby–and you–can get some relief.
What is colic in babies?
Colic is prolonged, intense periods of unexplainable crying in otherwise healthy babies. Unlike typical crying and fussiness due to hunger, sleepiness, or discomfort, colic is considered a behavioral pattern with no known cause.
While a baby's incessant and inconsolable cries can be undeniably distressing for parents, as long as there's no underlying health condition such as a cow's milk allergy, rest assured that colic is relatively harmless and temporary–many infants outgrow colic within a few months.
That said, if you believe there may be some sort of underlying health condition such as cow's milk allergy that could be causing your little one to cry more than usual, it can't hurt to contact your pediatrician to help rule out those other possibilities.
What are the main indicators of colic?
Pediatricians will often use a "rule of 3" to identify colic:
hours a day
days a week
Other colic indicators may include:
up to the tummy,
arching their back,
and clenching their
fists during a crying spell
Crying or Colicky-Find Relief Either Way
While colic is common and may go away on its own, if your baby is crying often, it's always good to rule out other possibilities such as cow's milk allergy, and ask your pediatrician if a different infant formula could help provide relief for your little one.
Explore Other Feeding Issues
Cow's Milk Allergy
Some babies may develop an allergy to cow's milk protein. Explore our Cow's Milk Allergy Center to learn about cow's milk allergy and how to manage it.
Though lactose intolerance in babies is rare, milk-based formulas may cause tummy troubles for some babies. Find articles on what to look for and how a soy-based formula may help for lactose sensitivity.
Fussiness & Gas
Your baby's digestive system is still developing so it may not digest some of the nutrients they take in, which can cause fussiness and gas. Find articles and videos on how to find comfort for your baby.
It's common for babies to spit up as their digestive systems develop, but there are ways to reduce frequent spit-up.
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