Predictable crying episodes.

  • A baby with colic often cries at the same time everyday, usually in the late afternoon or evening. Colic episodes may last from a few minutes to 3 hours or more.
  • Crying usually begins suddenly and for no clear reason.
  • Your baby may have a bowel movement or pass gas by the end of a colic episode.

Intense or inconsolable crying.

Colic crying is intense and often high-pitched. Your baby’s face may flush, and it may be very difficult or even impossible to comfort your baby.

Posture changes.

Curled up legs, clenched fists and tensed abdominal muscles are common during colic episodes.

What are the Complications of Colic?

Although colic often takes a toll on the entire family, it does not appear to have any lasting medical complications. Babies who have colic grow and develop normally.