ColicNo one really knows what causes colic. Maybe that is because any time a baby cries it is often blamed on colic.
Although the cause isn't exactly known, some facts about colic that are known include that:
- colic often begins when a baby is three weeks old, peaks when he is six weeks old, and is typically gone by about three months
- babies with colic often cry for about two or three hours a day, at about the same time each day, often in the early evening
- colic doesn't usually cause other symptoms and babies with colic typically feed and gain weight well
- there is no known cure or medical treatment for colic, although parents often try homeopathic colic tablets and gripe water, which are popular over-the-counter colic treatments
Although often blamed on digestive problems or formula allergies, colic is likely a normal developmental stage that some newborns go through. Some experts describe it as a baby's way of blowing off steam.