What is colic?

Colic is the name given for excessive, frequent crying in a baby when they seem completely health otherwise.

Colic tends to begin when your little one is a few weeks old but don’t worry In most cases it normally stops by the time they are 4 months old or 6 months old at the latest. Looking after a baby who has colic can be a really stressful time but don’t worry it will pass and usually it is nothing to worry about. Make sure you remember that it isn’t your fault your little one has colic you are doing nothing wrong it is really common.

How do I know if my little one has colic? 

Does your little one show any of these classic signs of colic:

  • Intense crying bouts.
  • Crying in the late afternoon or evening that can last several hours.
  • Baby’s face becoming red and flushed when crying.
  • Your baby, clench their fists, drawing their knees up to their tummy or arching their back when they are crying. 

Sometimes when a little one has colic they may appear to be distressed. Please remember that the crying outbursts are not harmful and they should continue to feed and gain weight. 

What can I do to help my baby who has colic? 

  • Make sure to comfort your little one when they are having a crying episode. Maybe use nice soothing music in the background to help calm them down.
  • Prevent your little one from taking in any air whilst feeding. There are now many specialised bottles that help babies with colic.
  • Making sure to burp your little one after feeding. This sometimes can take a while but it is worth it so keep going until they burp.
  • Gently rock your little one over your shoulder.
  • Gently massage your little one’s tummy. I found this to be really helpful, I also took classes that helped me to learn lots of different techniques to help. Also classes like baby yoga are amazing for colic as the different movements can relieve the colic pains.
  • A nice warm bath can also help to relieve colic pains.

Some babies need a little extra help and you can get drops that you can either add to the milk or to be taken orally. I had to do this with my little one and after a couple of feeds I could see the difference, but make sure to speak to a health professional before giving your little one any medication. 

Make sure if you are worried about your little one having Colic or any other health concerns then talk to your health visitor or Gp, they will be able to advise you with the best way to treat them.