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Colic differs from ordinary crying, in that the baby can be incolsolable crying turns to screaming, and the ordeal last for hours. Doctors sometimes diagnose colic based on the ‘rule of 3s’: at least 3 hours of crying, at least 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks.

A textbook case of colic will be when baby pulls knees up, clenches fists. Bowel activity may increase and gas may be passed. Eating and sleeping are disrupted. Colic usually begins during the 2nd or 3rd week of life, gets as bad as its going to by week 6, and usually clears by3/4 months.

There is no increased likelihood of colic due to bottle or breast feeding.

Coping with Colic:


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