Colic - What It Is and What To Do
All babies cry, but some cry loud and often enough to be called "colicky". No one knows exactly what causes colic. The baby screams and seems to have stomach pains, but is not seriously ill.
The stomach pains and loud, piercing cries of a colicky baby can last a few minutes or several hours---usually at the same time each day. Sometimes a colicky baby wont stop crying even after youve tried the usual things. Its not your fault, or the babys fault.
A screaming, colicky baby can make parents feel helpless and angry. As hard as it is, try to stay calm. Trying one thing after another to soothe baby may only make matters worse. Pick a few things that seem to work best and give them a chance.
You may also need to get some time away from the baby. Ask a friend, neighbor or family member to help you out. The crying probably wont bother them as much as it does you.
Here are some other ideas to try:
Sometimes a change in your diet if youre nursing, or in the babys formula can help.
Medication is sometimes used as a last resort, but doctors disagree on how well it works. Try to be patient. Colic usually goes away by 3 or 4 months of age.
Reference: GH 6121 "Development During the First 3 Years" University of Missouri Extension