Distinguishing Between Colic and Other Causes of Crying
If your baby has
colic, you may be concerned that a health condition is
causing the excessive crying. Usually a baby with colic is not crying because
of pain or physical discomfort. But it is important to be aware that
health problems or injuries can cause a baby to cry excessively. And it is important to watch
for related signs.
A baby who is in pain may:
Have a furrowed brow, wrinkled forehead, or
Have a change in his or her daily activities or
behavior (such as decreased appetite, irritability, restlessness, or agitated
Sleep more or less than usual. He or she may suddenly
start waking up during sleeping, appearing to be in pain. Even if a baby is
having severe pain, the baby may take short naps because he or she is
Grunt when breathing or hold his or her
Have clenched fists and pull his or her legs up or
Cling to whoever holds him or her, or the baby may be limp
and not move at all.
Flinch and move to protect a painful area of
his or her body when touched.
Common infections in babies that may cause
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.