What is Infantile Colic?
The Canadian Paediatric Society no longer uses the term ‘colic,’ and instead, reassures parents that crying is a normal part of development for a newborn baby. Some babies cry more intensely and for longer periods of time than others, which causes stress for parents who experience difficulty comforting their baby.
Symptoms of Infantile Colic:
From 2-4 weeks of age until 3-4 months of age, it is common for babies to cry for two or more hours per day, especially in the late afternoon and evening.
“Colicky” babies may take longer than usual to feed when they are upset or restless. Your baby may experience frequent bouts of intense and inconsolable crying; pull his/her legs up to the tummy and arch his/her back while crying; and, he or she may pass gas while crying.
Who’s at Risk for Infantile Colic?
The cause of “colic” symptoms and behavior in young babies is not known, however research indicates that babies whose mothers smoke are at higher risk.
Mothers can avoid using tobacco products during and after pregnancy, and avoid smoking around their babies.
Your “colicky” baby is not at risk for harm from the crying episodes; however, your doctor can offer support and practical suggestions for coping with the crying. Studies suggest that gentle, chiropractic manual therapy can improve crying behavior in infants. Ask Dr. Strong to suggest options that may reduce your infant’s length and frequency of crying.