The Good News about Colic

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If you’re in the middle of dealing with an infant with colic, you probably think that the phrase “good news” does not belong anywhere on the same page with the word “colic,” but it does. We all know that colic is not easy to go through, not for the baby and even less so for the frazzled mother.

But there is good news in the midst of this. The good news is that your baby, even though she’s been crying for hours on end and will likely go through the same routine several times per week at roughly the same time of night until she’s about four months old has absolutely nothing seriously wrong with her.

Doctors have no real clue concerning what causes colic. Some theorize that it may have something to do with intestinal distress, while others think it may be caused by the lack of stimulation for a newborn baby outside of the womb compared to the constant stimulation she enjoyed while she was tucked all snug and warm inside your tummy.

Btu experts all pretty much agree on one thing: colic is nothing to worry about. Most experts these days tend to agree that colic is just the extreme side of what is normal for a healthy baby. In other words, they figure that all babies do a good amount of crying, and colicky babies simply excel at it.

In other words, even if your baby does have colic, she is perfectly normal. Even if we grant you that colic isn’t “normal,” per se, you would have to agree that any condition which affects 1 out of every 4 babies is fairly commonplace, and not something to be terribly worried about if it doesn’t threaten life or limb (and it doesn’t).

Of course, the fact that colic is relatively normal doesn’t make it any easier to go through. There is much good advice available on the subject of surviving colic, and we won’t repeat it all here. Suffice it to say that you will only have to ride the storm out for a few weeks, and then colic will pass forever into the rearview mirror.

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