Colic 101: Everything You Need to Know to Help Soothe Your Crying Baby

Few things can be more stressful to a new parent than not being able to soothe your baby's crying. Here's what you need to know to stop your baby's tears -- and your own! (17 Photos)

Dina Roth Port on Sep 20, 2012 at 10:37AM

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All new parents have to deal with crying, but some babies just seem to belt it out all day long. Handling a colicky newborn is far from easy, but there are ways to help soothe your little one so you can all have a little peace and quiet.

Know the Basics
Colic is a word people use to describe newborns that cry a lot, but the definition is a little murky. Traditionally, excerpts defined it as the rule of threes: crying that begins lasts three hours a day more than three days a week for more than three weeks. It usually starts around two weeks and tapers off at three months of age. “Colic is like the witching hour,” add Tanya Altmann, M.D., a pediatrician in California and author of such books as Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5. “It’s crying around the same time every day for no particular reason.” On the other hand, says Harvey Karp, M.D., creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block, colic is “in the ear of the beholder” -- listening to a baby crying for 45 minutes can be completely frustrating even though it’s not a full three hours. It’s important to keep in mind that, regardless of the definition, colic is normal and temporary.

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