What is Colic?

Colic is defined as repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying in a newborn baby who otherwise appears to be perfectly healthy. The condition can affect up to 1 in 3 babies, so you’re not alone.

It is thought that colic can be caused by milk sensitivity. This is because in the first months of life, some babies are unable to break down lactose, a complex sugar in breast and formula milk. This is called temporary lactase deficiency. It can produce wind, bloating and cause discomfort, and one of the main symptoms is inconsolable crying.

As any parent with a distressed, crying baby knows, colic affects a whole household, and can be very frustrating and upsetting for all involved.

If you suspect your baby has colic it can help to keep a cry diary, and speak to your health visitor. You could also try a 1 week trial of Colief Infant Drops to help diagnose whether sensitivity to milk-sugar lactose could be the problem.

Symptoms of Colic

Could it be something else?

Other conditions can cause excessive crying, such as constipation and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD). If your baby has other symptoms, such as blood in the stools and vomiting, speak to your GP.