Baby colic

Predictable periods of significant distress in an otherwise well-fed, healthy baby.


Try offering a pacifier, turning on white noise, or gently rocking baby in arms or in a swing. If frustration runs high, let someone else take over or place baby in a crib.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Possibly caused by a fall, injury, or illness

When to make a doctor's appointment

  • Bluish cast to baby's lips or skin during a crying episode
  • Changes in baby's eating, sleeping, or behavior

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