Colic is the name given to the sharp, intermittent abdominal pains suffered by 20-25% of babies. Babies with colic are usually healthy, but have uncontrollable, extended crying, which can make parents think that their child is ill. Every baby cries, but babies who cry for more than three hours a day, three to four days a week, may have colic.

Having a baby with colic can cause a lot of upheaval because of the sleep deprivations and feelings of guilt and inadequacy. As a parent you may find it very stressful and upsetting when your baby cries for hours on end and cannot be comforted.

For first-time parents in particular, I can imagine that these long periods of crying can be a shock and a disappointment to discover that the newborn baby is not the bundle of joy one was expecting. Parents may also feel guilty even though they are not the cause of their child’s colic.

Colic peaks during the second month and declines during the third month. By the end of the fourth month, incidents of colic will reduce or stop all together, so that by th time your child is six months old, it will definitely have stopped.

One positive is that colic is a short-term phase that babies go through – by six months, it should have stopped (sooner, if you use the guide on this website). Just remember that your child is healthy and will outgrow the colic in time – it is now a disease or a disorder that can last for several years, or even life.

Also, despite all the crying and screaming, you can rest assured that colic will not harm the development of your child, so that’s another positive.