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Little is known about colic. Colic is frequent unexplained crying in a healthy growing child. Infants with colic typically draw up their legs when crying. It is named “colic” as the pain is thought to come from the colon. It usually begins around 3 to 4 weeks and resolves at 3 to 4 months.

If you think your child has colic, see your doctor. There are many treatable causes of crying like GERD or formula intolerance and it is important to make sure your child is growing appropriately. While there is no cure for colic every culture has its “colic remedy”.

Gripe water is a colic remedy that has been around for more than a century. There are many different varieties of gripe water. The original formulation contained alcohol which is not safe for infants. I do not recommend it to my patients as I am unaware of any safety or efficacy trials. However, I think it is likely safe as it has been in use for so long.

Importantly, if your child is growing well he will eventually out grow his colic.

Is it colic

Our 2 week old son was so fussy last week that we took him to a walk-in clinic. In less than 10 minutes the doctor diagnosed him with colic. How does he know my son has colic? What do you recommend (... more on Is it colic)



Written April 2010 by
Dr. Gordon, Orlando Pediatrician


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