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What causes colic remains a mystery, and
treatment effectiveness varies.
If you’re concerned about colic, consult
your baby’s health care provider. He or
she can make sure your baby is otherwise
healthy and help you learn how to care for
a colicky baby.
Taking care of yourself
It’s tough to listen to your baby cry. To take
the best care of your baby, it’s important to
take care of yourself, too.
•Take a break.
Ask your spouse,
partner or another loved one to take over
for a while. Even an hour on your own
can help renew your coping strength.
•Make healthy lifestyle
Eat a healthy diet. Include
physical activity in your daily routine.
If you can, sleep when the baby sleeps
- even during the day. The better rested
you are, the better you’ll be able to
handle a crying baby.
•Remember that it’s
Crying spells often peak
at about six to eight weeks and then
gradually decrease.
•Know when to contact your
baby’s health care provider.
If you’re concerned about the crying
or your baby isn’t eating, sleeping or
behaving like usual, contact your baby’s
health care provider. He or she can help
you tell the difference between normal
tears and something more serious.
It’s also important to recognize your limits.
If your baby’s crying is causing you to
lose control, put the baby in a safe place
- such as a crib - and go to another room
to collect yourself. If necessary, contact
your health care provider, a local crisis
intervention service or a mental health
help line for additional support.
it out. Crying won’t hurt your baby - and
sometimes the only way to stop a crying
spell is to let it run its course.
Of course, listening to your baby wail
can be agonizing. If you need to distract
yourself for a few minutes, you might take
a shower, call a friend or make something
to eat.
Is it just fussiness, or is
it colic?
Some babies have frustrating periods of
intense, inconsolable crying known as colic
- typically starting a few weeks after birth
and improving by age 3 months.
Colic is often defined as crying more than
three hours a day, three days a week for
more than three weeks in an otherwise
well-fed, healthy baby. The crying might
begin suddenly and for no apparent
reason. During an episode, your baby
might be difficult - or even impossible - to