Erica Martin, M.D.
Crying and being fussy are normal baby behaviors that indicate hunger or a dirty diaper, but sometimes a baby shows signs of excessive crying for no apparent reason. This is called Colic – unexplained crying in young babies without reason not due to pain or hunger. Crying and fussing can last three hours or more a day and can occur often at least three days a week.
Colic is common in babies and while the exact cause is unknown, it is not a result of bad parenting. Signs can start as early as two weeks after birth and typically improves around three to four months of age. A new baby can be overwhelming, even for the most experienced parents. Boys Town Pediatrics explains the signs of colic and offers tips on how to help soothe your baby.
Crying can abruptly start without notice and usually fades around three or four months of age. Parents may notice:
A soothing, gentle activity is the best approach to helping a baby relax, settle down and go to sleep.
Parents will most likely be exhausted and finding aid with friends and family can be beneficial to get necessary rest. Hiring a babysitter could give parents more free time to nap or get out of the house if necessary. Record your baby's crying, sleeping and feeding patterns can help your healthcare provider understand how to help your baby's individual's needs. If you are having trouble calming your baby's crying, your baby is still crying continuously after four months of age or you have any other concerns, contact your pediatrician. If you notice a blueish-cast to your baby's lips or skin during crying, seek emergency attention immediately.