If we understood the mechanism of infant colic, life would be so much easier for parents and pediatricians. Being a new parent is difficult, but being the parent of a fussy infant is infinitely more challenging. An estimated 10% to 26% of infants experience colic, which was defined by Wessel in his classic 1954 article as occurring in an otherwise healthy infant who cries for >3 hours per day, >3 days per week, for >3 weeks in duration. Colic begins during the second week of life, peaks at 6 weeks, and resolves between 12 and 16 weeks. It is equally common in both breast- and bottle-fed infants. Although crying is normal for all infants, averaging 2.2 hours per day, those with colic cry excessively, are more difficult to console, have disrupted sleep, and are the source of much parental anxiety. Mothers of colicky infants are at higher risk for postpartum...
Drs Cohen, Albertini, and Serwint have disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this In Brief. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
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Gail M. Cohen, Laurie W. Albertini; Colic. Pediatr Rev July 2012; 33 (7): 332–333. https://doi.org/10.1542/pir.33-7-332
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