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Coping With Colic

There are a lot of sleepless nights the first few weeks after you bring a baby home, but for parents who have a baby with colic, mornings, afternoons, and evenings can also be trying because of all the crying.

Colic is what doctors call "severe" crying. It can be brought on by lots of things such as digestive problems, stomach aches and more.

Eight week old Eyan Watkins has crying for the past five weeks. His mom, Cheryl, says, "He cries sometimes up to 15 hours a day. On a good day he cries maybe four hours." Cheryl knew it was colic. Stacey Thatch, a child education trainer says, "For a baby to be considered colicky, the baby must cry for more than three hours a day, three days per week." Even though there's no cure for colic, there are things to make it better. Eyan doesn't cry nearly as much as he used to because his mom started giving him a different formula, special drops, and doing exercises with him to ease tummy pain.

Little Eyan's colic is getting better, but he could have it for another month. Most babies get over colic when they're three months old. In extreme cases, some babies may have it until their six months old. That's a long time, and that makes it easy for parents to get frustrated when they can't console their baby. "They need to take time out for themselves, give the child to a partner, or parent, or babysitter," Thatch says.

And don't worry that colic will hurt your baby in the future. Thatch says, "There are no complications from colic, they will outgrow it. There's nothing saying this baby won't be healthy or happy because they are." Even though he cries a lot, Cheryl knows Eyan is a happy baby, and looks forward to the day he's over it. "He's definitely worth it, even though he's a lot of trouble, I definitely will have another one," Cheryl says.

Here are signs you should look for to see if your baby has colic. Babies with colic scream from some sort of physical discomfort, and draw their legs up when they cry. They also have sudden outbursts. Colicky babies can cry for a few minutes to a few hours, and they usually have spells in the later afternoon or evening.

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