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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“When parents are struggling with an irritable baby, it’s important that treatable causes of the baby’s be eliminated,” says Bryan Vartabedian, M.D., author of Colic Solved and a pediatrician at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. “I frequently encounter crying infants who are automatically characterized as ‘having colic’ when their history supports a milk protein allergy. So parents need to be educated about some of these different causes in order to advocate for their baby during a visit with the pediatrician.” For instance, along with an intolerance to something in their formula or breast milk, a baby might be crying because they have acid reflux, an infection, or even a hernia. Look for symptoms other than crying -- such as a fever or hives, for example -- and talk to your doctor. However, keep in mind that many babies cry for no identifiable reason.

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