Have you noticed that your baby seems to cry a lot during certain times of the day? Is your baby crying for several hours in the evening between 6:00 P.M. and midnight? Do you find when she is in this fit there is very little you can do to console her? If this example sounds like something you are experiencing then your baby may have colic.
These periods of fussing can be tortuous, frustrating and exhausting for parents. Colic usually peaks at about three hours a day by six weeks. It will begin to decline to one to two hours a day by three months. If your baby is calm within a few hours and is more peaceful the rest of the day, there is no reason to worry.
If the crying does not stop and the episodes intensify or persist throughout the day or night, your baby likely has colic. Roughly one-fifth of all babies develop colic. This happens most often between the second and fourth weeks after birth. Babies with colic cry inconsolably and often pull up their legs and pass gas when they are screaming. Their stomachs may be enlarged or distended with gas. These crying fits can happen at any time of the day but may become worse in the early evening.
There is no concrete reason for why some babies get colic. In many instances, a baby that is extremely sensitive to stimulation will have colic. Usually, as she matures, it will decrease. Most colic cases stop by three months. In breastfeeding babies, colic can be a sign of food sensitivity in the mother's diet. Colicky behavior can also indicate a medical problem like a hernia or other type of illness.