Colic used to be diagnosed many ways including “purple crying” – when babies cried for more than three hours a day for three days a week for three weeks.
Don’t wait that long! Colic can be characterized by a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:
- Clenched fists, drawing hands towards the chest, red in the face
- Arching the back and stiffening through the midsection.
- Crying and not settling by usual means such as feeding, cuddling
- Gassy and bloated and farting a lot
- Grunting, wriggling and squirming including during sleep
- Random screaming as if in pain