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You and Your Baby -- Week 3

Tip of the Week -- Does My Baby Have Colic?

According to the American Academy of Family Practitioners (AAFP), colic is defined as continuous crying for more than three hours straight at least three days per week for more than three weeks.
 
If your baby cries so much that you think he or she might have colic, speak to your baby's healthcare provider. If your pediatrician confirms the diagnosis, he or she can shed some light as to the cause and offer some suggestions on how you might be able to minimize your baby's colic symptoms.
 
If it is in fact colic that is causing these crying fits, you can take comfort in knowing that it will not last forever. Typically speaking, colic goes away around the baby's third month. Until that time, try to share the time spent with the crying baby with your partner and any additional friends or family members that have expressed the offer to help. If there is no one around to pass the baby to, the best thing to do to help alleviate the stress of the moment is to put the baby down and walk away to gather yourself. A few minutes will really help you and won't hurt the baby at all.
 

Baby's Third Week: Helpful Ideas for Parents

As you well know by now, your newborn's neck muscles are weak and still cannot support the full weight of the head. To help your baby build up their neck muscles, give him or her time to spend on their tummies, otherwise known as "tummy time." Ideally, place your baby face-down on a clean and soft surface with their hands up by their head. Doing this will cause them to use their arms and neck to keep their face away from the surface. Little by little, your baby should be able to lift their head for a short time and move it from side to side.
 
 
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