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Diagnosing Colic

There are a couple of things that are unique when diagnosing colic. First, colic is diagnosed only after other medical conditions that cause excessive crying have been ruled out. Second, the diagnosis is often confirmed after the fact, meaning once colic symptoms have improved (see Diagnosing Colic).
 
You should also talk to your healthcare provider if:
 
  • Your baby has a fever of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or more
  • He or she could be crying because of a fall or injury
  • You are afraid you might hurt your baby
  • Your infant is failing to gain weight
  • The excessive crying continues after your baby is more than four months old.
     

How Long Does It Last?

You can take comfort in knowing that colic will not last forever. Typically speaking, the condition peaks around six to eight weeks and then goes away around the baby's third month (symptoms get better in 60 percent of infants by month three and 90 percent of infants by four months of age). It oftentimes stops as mysteriously as it began.
 
Until that time, it will be difficult and will try your patience over and over again. Take heart -- the time will go by quicker than you realize. It really is, as they say, "just a phase."
 
Some strategies that the whole family can try to deal with a colicky baby include comforting, coping, and dietary strategies (see Colic Treatment).
 
Keeping a written log of the crying may also help you and your healthcare provider develop a plan to best manage colic. You may also discover some correlations that you had previously not recognized.
 
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