If your little one is crying more than a few hours, on a persistent basis, it could be colic.
Colic is sometimes identified by the “rule of threes.” Doctors look for:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says there’s no clear explanation for colic but that a colicky baby may be “unusually sensitive to stimulation or cannot ‘self-console’ or regulate his nervous system.”
Colicky babies are often gassy, but it’s unclear whether gassiness is the cause or the result of so much crying. Either way, many of the best colic relief tips focus on soothing your baby’s belly.
Rocking, swaddling and walking with your baby can soothe and calm him.
A pacifier may help some babies, but others may show no interest.
Fortunately, even if your baby is diagnosed with colic, the issue usually subsides around three to four months. If your child is still experiencing colic beyond that point, call your pediatrician.
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