Colic or Unusual Fussiness

Colic or unusual fussiness is frequently seen during the first 3 to 4 months.  It is characterized by crying, drawing legs up, and sometimes passing gas.  Unfortunately, medical science has not yet discovered the cause, or a perfect cure.  Most babies have a “fussy time” each day, typically in the evening.  Here are some suggestions to help you get through this difficult time:

  1. Give your baby a ride in the stroller.
  2. Give your baby a warm bath.
  3. Turn off the TV and radio; these may be over stimulating the baby.
  4. Carry your baby in an infant carrier.
  5. Try a pacifier.
  6. If the baby seems hungry, feed him.
  7. Try lullaby tapes.
  8. If you note that he is fussy in the evenings after busy days, try to limit his activity and stimulation in the daytime.
  9. Try an infant swing.
  10. Take turns with the baby during this time, so that the parent who is “off duty” for a while can reduce his or her anxiety level.
  11. Try to get out of the house as a couple once a week and leave the baby with a relative or trusted friend.
  12. Discuss the symptoms with your doctor, as there may be other causes such as a milk intolerance or allergy, stomach reflux, etc.