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What is colic?

Answered on 11th January 2016
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Colic is the term given to babies who, despite being healthy and well fed, cry frequently and excessively. It is a common condition that affects up to 1 in 5 babies in Ireland.

Colic tends to begin within the first few weeks of a newborn baby’s life and generally passes by around four months. However, in some cases it can last for a little longer. There are a number of theories regarding its causes, with suggestions that trapped wind, indigestion and sensitivity to certain milk ingredients may cause colic. However, there remains little evidence to support these theories and the cause of colic remains unknown.

Colic can be very distressing and challenging for parents as babies with colic are inconsolable. However, the condition is not harmful and it won’t damage your baby’s growth or development in the short or long term.


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