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As a parent, it can be difficult to decipher whether your baby is crying because they're hungry, tired, or uncomfortable. However, if your baby is crying excessively and inconsolably, it may be a sign of colic.
In this blog, we'll explore the signs and symptoms of colic, so you can better understand what's happening with your little one and take steps to provide relief.
Colic is excessive crying with no obvious cause. It’s a common condition that affects many babies and can be distressing for both the baby and the parents.
Although the cause of colic is unknown, it may be caused by several factors, including:
Colic is a condition that affects many babies and can be distressing for both the baby and the parents. It has a variety of symptoms, including:
Although colic is rarely serious, excessive crying may be an indication of illness or pain. If you suspect that your baby may have colic, it's important to speak with your healthcare provider to rule out any other underlying medical conditions and to discuss possible treatment options.
You should seek medical advice right away if your little one:
The duration of colic can vary from baby to baby, but it typically begins around two or three weeks of age and lasts for around three months. Some babies may experience colic for a shorter period, while others may have symptoms for up to six months.
You should check in with your doctor if your little one's colic symptoms don’t ease after the age of four months.
Even though it can be really difficult to cope with, it's key to remember that colic is not a serious medical condition and will eventually pass on its own. However, it can be very distressing for both the baby and the parents.
If your baby has colic, you may be feeling overtired and stressed from the upset of dealing with a baby that won’t stop crying. Many parents of babies with colic say they seem guilty, helpless, exhausted, or angry.
It is important to ask for help from other parents, family members or friends and seek medical advice if you are concerned about your baby's symptoms or if they're affecting your ability to care for your baby.
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