Colic is the name we give to the symptoms when an otherwise well and thriving baby cries a lot. You might notice their crying is worse at certain times of the day or night. A baby with colic can be really hard to settle. It can be very tiring and stressful for parents and carers.
A baby might have colic if;
Colic usually begins when a baby is a few weeks old and will mostly have passed by the time they are 4-6 months old. As well as crying you might notice they;
If your young baby is crying a lot and you are worried they might be unwell you should always seek medical advice.
Things That Can Help Your Baby
If you think your baby has colic, there are some things you can do that can help.
Cuddling & Feeding
Things That Can Help You
It can be really hard when you can’t settle your baby – it can really knock your confidence. Try and get help for yourself.
If It's Feeling Too Much
If you find you are feeling ‘wound up’ by your baby’s crying;
Looking after yourself is really important and helps you look after your baby. Although it might not feel like it at the time, the colicky stage will pass for your baby and for you.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
Qwell provides free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support for adults in Norfolk and Waveney from a professional team of qualified counsellors.
The Lullaby Trust - Baby Check App- This app has simple checks that you can do if your baby is ill and helps you think about whether they need to see a doctor or health professional.
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