Infant colic and crying



Article Publish Date: 2020-04-27



Being a first -time mother is a real blessing that you should enjoy, although you might be overwhelmed with worry and stress. Colic and crying are one of the most distressing problems for infant and parents.

What is colic?

It is a period of fussiness usually starts between 6:00 pm and midnight that peaks at about 3 hours a day by 6 weeks and then declines to 1-2 hours a day by 3-4 months of age.

Is it a realcolicor simple crying?

Screaming or/high pitched cry, with red face or pale skin around the mouth, clenching fists, arching the back, stiffing arms and very difficult to be soothed.

What does cause colic?

No definite cause. However, it may be due to other conditions such as:  

  • Pain from abdominal gas
  • Hunger
  • Irregular feeding or overfeeding
  • Baby cannot tolerate certain foods or certain proteins in breast milk or formula
  • It may be sensitivity to some maternal food or rarely may be signal of cow’s milk allergy.
  • Emotions such as fear, frustration, or even excitement

Tips to do to decrease infant colic:

  • Swaddle the baby in a large, thin blanket so that he feels secure and warm
  • Hold the baby in upright position and rub his back. You can lay your baby tummy-down across your kneesor place him on the left side to help digestion
  • Don’t overfeed the baby: try to wait 2-2 1/2 hours between meals.
  • If the baby is breast-fed you may try eliminating potentially irritating food as milk products, caffeine, onions, cabbage, from your own diet 
  • Walk your baby in a baby carrier to soothe him
  • Rock the baby, put the baby in a place where he can listen to a white-noise machine as vacuum in a nearby room or clothes dryer. Be sure don’t shake the baby.
  • Offer a pacifier or help the baby to find his way for thumb or finger sucking
  • Set a diary for the baby: when he wakes up, falls asleep, cries and eats. Try to get correlation of crying with sleeping or feeding
  • Reduce the nap time no more than 3 hours daily with keeping quite sounds during feeding the baby or changing diaper at night.


Checklist for crying baby:

  • Hungry
  • Wet or soiled, so change the diaper
  • Feels too hot or cold, dress him properly
  • Bored, sooth the baby by singing humming
  • Looks unwellyou have to contact the doctor e.g. poor feeding and sucking, fever, reduced activity, excessive vomiting


We urge the parents to seek professional medical advice instead of acquiring information from potentially untrusted websites. DON’T GOOGLE SYMPTOMS




Dr. Eman Mohamed I.Moawad – Senior Registrar in Pediatric


Infant colic and crying