Signs of colic: what to do if a baby won’t stop crying

Signs of colic: what to do if a baby won’t stop crying

Colic is when a baby cries for an extended period of time without any obvious causes. The causes of colic are unknown, although some doctors suspect it may stem from a gas or digestive issue.

Luckily, the condition isn’t permanent and will disappear over time.

Signs and symptoms of colic
It is usual for a baby to cry – after all, crying is their only way to communicate during their early stages. However, the baby may be showing signs of colic if:

A colic baby usually has a crying spell at the same time each day, with most of the spells happening in the evening.

Is it colic or normal crying?
Before ruling your baby’s excessive crying as colic, check for health problems (fever, diarrhea, and vomiting are obvious signs), and observe their behavior. At the same time, they feed – are they latching on correctly, sucking hard enough, or drinking enough milk? If none of these problems are present, there is a high possibility that your baby has colic.

Is there a treatment for colic?
Colic may be untreatable, but there are many ways to alleviate your baby’s excessive crying, such as:

When does the condition usually disappear?
Babies with colic usually start to show symptoms at 2 – 5 weeks and stop their excessive crying by the end of the 4th month.

Many parents may feel overwhelmed upon realizing that their infant has colic. While the situation isn’t the most ideal, it is essential to remember that you’re not alone – colic is a prevalent condition that affects 1 in 5 infants worldwide.

If you are parenting an infant with covid and are feeling overwhelmed, here’s what you can do: 

Remember that it’s nobody’s fault. Your Child’s excessive crying will be over in no time. A big challenge will become a valuable experience for you and prepare you to grow into a better parent.


Dr. Piyawut Kreetapirom, MD. (31 March 2021)


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