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The cry of a newborn can be one of the most distressing things to parents. Infants typically cry more during the first 3 months of life than in any other time. In some cases, we can define these crying episodes as infantile colic.
Colic follows the “rules of 3”. It is defined clinically as crying for no apparent reason that lasts for more than or equal to three hours per day and occurs on more than or equal to three days per week in an otherwise healthy infant less than three months of age. Colic is sometimes also referred to as “the period of purple crying”. Colic is equally common between males and females, breast and formula-fed infants, and full-term and preterm infants. Colicky crying usually occurs during the evening.
It is very important that a newborn with new onset excessive crying receive a physical evaluation by a health care provider in order to rule out potential causes of the fussiness, aside from simple infantile colic. There are a few helpful first-line management strategies for infants who have been diagnosed with colic by a health care provider:
As always, it is important to consult with your pediatrician for any concerns you have regarding your child. When there is a change in a child’s behavior such as excessive fussiness or crying, a physical exam by a pediatrician is necessary in order to rule out causes of excessive crying other than colic.
Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care opened in 2006 in San Antonio, Texas. With multiple locations in San Antonio and Dallas, they are open seven days a week with extended evening hours and see walk-in patients or through an online check-in system. They accept most commercial insurance and Medicaid plans. More information about Little Spurs Pediatric Urgent Care can be found at www.littlespurspedi.com.