Colic is one of those conditions that affect babies - one that just doesn’t seem fair. Your baby is so very new to this big world and what an introduction to life! Medically speaking, colic is defined as crying for more than three hours a day, three days per week, for longer than three weeks in an otherwise happy and healthy baby.
You may also notice that it tends to get worse at certain times of the day (most commonly during the evenings or at night) and that these episodes can last anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours. As your baby cries, it is also common to see them clench their little firsts, pull up their legs, tighten their abdominal muscles and squirm into different positions to try and relieve abdominal cramps.
Colic usually begins between 0 and 2 months and while not all infants get it is a fairly common problem experienced in the first few months of life. The good news is that there are a few simple ways to help soothe your infant’s crying and discomfort, and while it can be a terribly frustrating time for you and baby, colic is a temporary phase that will eventually end. By 3 months, the colic should pass and you and your baby can return back to your usual sleep routines.