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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:

More than three
hours a day
More than three
days a week
For more than
three weeks


Other colic indicators may include:


Pulling their legs
up to the tummy,
arching their back,
and clenching their
fists during a crying spell
Facial flushing while
Tense, bloated belly

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.

Why Nutramigen®?

Nutramigen LGG Infant Formula is a hypoallergenic formula clinically shown to manage colic due to cow's milk protein allergy fast, in as quickly as 48 hours.* If you're feeding your baby formula, switching to a hydrolyzed, hypoallergenic formula such as Nutramigen may help them feel better quickly.


*Studied before the addition of DHA, ARA, or LGG.
†Benefits may vary.