It's very common for infants to have a fussy period at night, especially between about 6:00 p.m. and midnight. This whining and whimpering usually peaks at six weeks and is limited to just an hour or two a day by three to four months.
Colic is this "normal crankiness" on steroids. It starts at about three weeks and usually subsides in three or four months. But no one with a colicky child would characterize the child's crying as "fussiness." A more apt word might be "screaming." Babies with colic can cry all day, all night, or both. No one really has to tell you whether or not your baby has colic. You know.
Sometimes, there is a physical explanation for your little one's discomfort, so always see the pediatrician about prolonged crying you can't explain. These causes include:
For the rest of the hundreds of thousands of babies each year who develop colic, a cause still can't be found, but it often appears that they suffer from tummy troubles, pulling up their legs just like the babies with GERD. If you're feeding your baby formula, ask your doctor about trying an easy-to-digest one like Store Brand Sensitivity®. If you're nursing, the doctor can suggest foods to eliminate from your own diet.
These tried-and-true soothers can buy you hours of peace.
This article was written by the publishers of Parents and American Baby magazines.
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