A baby is considered colicky if he cries for more than three hours in a row, for three or more days a week for at least three weeks. A baby with colic cries excessively, often at the same time of the day, usually in the late afternoon or evening. It often shows up when the baby is 2 to 3 weeks old. For premature babies, it can start later. Colic is known to disappear on its own by the time the baby is 3 or 4 months old.
Colicky babies become distraught and cry because they are not able to handle some sights, sounds, or sensations around them. An imbalance of healthy bacteria in the intestines may also cause a child to be colicky. An overly fussy baby can also be colicky.
A baby can be fussy, moody and can cry due a host of other reasons which may be confused with colic. It is advisable to check with the paediatrician who can examine your child thoroughly.
The mother should be patient while dealing with a colicky baby. Soothing a colicky baby by carrying him around or diverting his attention sometimes helps. However, it is normal for a new mother to feel frustrated and while handling a colicky baby. That does not make her a ‘bad’ mother.