COLIC - Overview, Facts, Types, Symptoms - Watsons Health


Colic can lead to prolonged and extreme crying in a healthy baby. It can be especially disappointing for guardians because their child’s discomfort happens for no obvious reason and no other support appears to bring any alleviation. These episodes frequently happen at night, when parents themselves are also tired.

Episodes of colic occur when a baby is around one month, and decrease at 3 to 4 months of age. Incessant crying will resolve with time.

You can undertake steps to decrease the seriousness and length of colic episodes, reduce your own stress, and bolster trust in your parent-child connection.


Types include:

  • Baby colic, a condition in babies described by unending crying
  • Renal colic, a pain in the flank which is a symptom of kidney stones
  • Biliary colic, blockage by a gallstone in the common bile conduit or cystic duct
  • Horse colic, a conceivably lethal condition experienced by ponies, brought about by intestinal dislodging or blockage
  • Devon or painter’s colic, a discomfort brought about by lead poisoning



Making a fuss and crying is typical for babies, particularly during the initial three months.

Features of colic may include the following:

  • Extreme crying that may appear to be similar to shouting or a show of pain
  • Crying for no obvious reason, not to express hunger or the requirement for a diaper change
  • Fussiness, even after crying has lessened
  • Unpredictable, with episodes frequently happening at night
  • Facial discoloration like blushing of the face or paler skin around the mouth


Your child’s doctor will do a complete physical exam to distinguish any conceivable reasons for your infant’s pain. The tests will include:

  • Estimating your infant’s height, weight, and head circumference
  • Listening to the heart, lungs and stomach sounds
  • Looking at the limbs, fingers, toes, eyes, ears and private parts
  • Assessing response to contact or movement
  • Searching for signs of rash, irritation, or different indications of disease or sensitivities



The essential objectives are to calm the infant with some intervention and to guarantee that guardians have the help that they need.

Soothing procedures may include:

  • Utilizing a pacifier
  • Taking your baby for a vehicle ride or on a stroll in a carriage
  • Strolling around
  • Giving your child a warm shower
  • Rubbing your baby’s belly or putting your infant on the stomach for a back rub
  • Playing a relaxing sound
  • Preliminary changes in diet
  • Formula changes
  • Maternal diet

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