Colic Baby: What It Is, Causes, Signs, and Remedies

Colic Baby & its management

Baby colic is a condition which is refer as an episode linked with infant crying. The crying which is due to colic condition (abdominal pain) may last for more than three hours per day and more than three days a week. This normally starts when an infant is two week old and this may last for three weeks to four months.

It has been observed in very few cases colic pain may last even for longer period that is till he or she attains the age of one year. Colic pain in Baby is not associated with long term problem.


Baby colic is also refer as infant colic

It is quiet cumbersome for both the baby itself as well as for parents or care giver. Crying associated due to Baby’s colic may cause stress in relationships, depression and difficulty in breast feeding for mothers. This may also increase the frequency of visit to the doctor or neonatal care hospital.

Occasionally it is seen in the form of child abuse such as shaken baby syndrome, because of absolute frustration due to colic baby crying. Very rarely this has been observe to shake the baby vigorously to calm down, soothes the baby and may be also to get rid of their frustration, but this may lead to baby shaken syndrome. Than this may arise to a bigger problem,

Parents or care taker we request please be patience and calm yourself down while handling colic infant phase.

Almost 5 to 25% infants suffer from colic, so far its cause is unknown.

Colic occurs with same ratio among baby girl or baby boy. The colic in baby may disappear when baby is three to four month old but in very few cases it pulls up to one year

Few of the expert and researchers viewed baby colic as symptoms, which may appear due to gastrointestinal discomfort such as cramp in the intestine.

Nearly 5% of children suffering from colic may have organic cause which needs the advice and guidance in this regard from relevant physician or child specialist.

To treat or manage infant colic condition which is generally conservative method and there is no role of medication or alternative therapies. If we look around us the Grandma or old caregiver advice and recommend to give baby sterile ginger water, peppermint (Podina) water or combination of natural products such as ginger, peppermint and fennel seed (saunf) in a water at least two to three teaspoon per day.

How to recognize baby is colic:

colic-baby-pain-theoriesIt is important for parents to recognize and understand that baby is colic which may goes away with passage of time. This symptomatic condition will last to four week to 3-4 months and very rarely it last for  one year.

Colic baby is refer as having crying episode which may last for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week for three week or more duration up to 3-4 months. Colic in infants is normally starts when baby attains age of two weeks or till infant attains age of 4 months. It is also observed normally colic baby cries when the evening starts and with no obvious reason.

To recognize is it colic pain, it is associated with the symptoms such as:

  • Baby, pulled its leg up toward stomach, compressed or clasped both the hands.
  • Flushing face and even eyes brows are twisted.
  • With these symptoms it seems baby is getting out of hand due to abrupt pain in stomach.
  • The baby in colic pain cry in high pitch and its look like they are having piercing or highly radiating pain.

If infant / baby is not suffering from colic pain the average they may cry is for two hours per day than this is non colic pain. This crying may have other reason or etiology.

How its effect family members:

If infants suffering from colic will effects the family members especially the parents or grandma. The disruption will lead to short term depression or having feeling of anxiety. This may also lead to stress in parents and especially to the mother who is exhausted due to this fatigue.

Due to long fatigue because of persistent baby crying which has the causative effect in terms of marital conflict or dispute, in early stage it is disruption, which may be in form of termination of breast feeding, having depression feeling after delivery of baby by the mother.

This may also result in frequent visit to doctors as well as lab test. Later even doctors will do prescribe medicine to treat early reflux and also to satisfy parents.

Finally this may lead very rarely child will be expose to abuse this may leads towards baby shaken syndrome.

Article Written by Mahmood Hussain for Baby First Pakistan

About Mahmood Hussain

Professional Experience More than 36 years work experience in Healthcare & Pharmaceutical sectorDirector & General Manager Baby First (Pvt.) Ltd Pakistan March 2011 – till to date I have been associated with Baby First (Pvt) Ltd for more than 5 years. It is advisory, community and social interaction medium for parents 16-38 years and babies 0-6 years.General Manager Aga Khan Health Service Pakistasn December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)Based at Karachi Pakistan Worked as General Manager managing Karachi & Baluchistan Health care services of AKHSP which includes primary and secondary health care centers and diagnostic centers on all areas nearly 102 centers which include three leading hospitals in Karachi.General Manager Janssen Cilag (Johnson & Johnson) February 1998 – January 2005 (7 years)Education MBA, Marketing 1995 – 1996, Preston University MSc, Biochemistry 1970 – 1974, Karachi University

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