Colic and Unsettled babies: The ins and outs of colicky babies

Colicky babies are very challenging; after months and months of waiting to meet your baby the last thing you expect is a screaming bundle that you simply cannot manage.

What is colic?

Colic is an umbrella term for an unsettled baby, it is not in itself a medical diagnosis. It is often associated with abdominal spasms, which is why they seem to be in pain.

Diagnosis of Colic occurs when a baby cries inconsolably for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for at least 3 weeks, with no physical cause identified.

What does this mean for a baby that doesn’t fit this definition?

Not much, this is just the guide health professionals use to diagnose a baby with Colic. Many babies however are colicky; they can still be difficult to manage even if they don’t fit this criteria.

What causes Colic?

There are many varied reasons why a baby can display colicky behaviours; there is no singular cause that applies to all babies. As there are so many possibilities, it is difficult for a health professional to provide answers and solutions in a 15 minute consultation.

It is important to understand that Colic is NOT a result of poor parenting skills; it is never anyone’s ‘fault’. The most common reason is actually an undiagnosed feeding problem, and some babies just have higher needs than most.

Managing Colic

Again there is no one singular solution to managing Colic; to manage Colic the underlying cause needs to be found, and then an appropriate management plan can be put in place.

If your baby is Colicky and you require assistance, Bundle of Care provides consultations both online and in your own home (for Local clients). Bookings can be made via the online booking form.