Colic is the term for when an otherwise healthy baby cries consistently. While all babies cry at varying degrees, a colicky baby can be unsoothable, leading to extreme anxiety for the parents.
The cause of colic is unknown. It typically appears in babies a few weeks after birth and can go away on its own after a few months. Look for the following symptoms to know if your baby has colic: clenched fists, passing of gas, arched back, taught abdomen, and/or facial discoloration.
While there is no singular treatment for colic, a variety of soothing methods may be recommended by a pediatrician. This can include car rides, going for walks, switching formula (if the baby is formula-fed), singing, or playing soft music.
If your baby is unsoothable, don’t suffer alone. The pediatric team at Schneck is here for you.