My pediatrician says it’s colic. What does that mean?
“Colicky” babies have one thing in common: They cry. In fact, colic is diagnosed when an infant who is otherwise healthy and well-fed has attacks of “irritability, fussing or crying” that:
- last for a total of 3 hours or more per day
- occur on more than 3 days in any 1 week
- continue for a period of 3 weeks or more.
That’s a lot of tears! And colic is fairly common – it affects as many as 1 in 4 babies.