Babies with colic will cry or scream for hours,
with no obvious reason.
Typically colic will start in the first few weeks of life. The baby cries for three or more hours a day, at least three days a week (but often every day) and it lasts up to three months.
Though there is no one single cause,
Some possible causes are:
While there is no specific cure for most types of colic,
some can be avoided. If you are breast feeding it is best to
avoid very spicy food,gas-producing vegetables such as
broccoli or cabbage, nuts, chocolate,alcohol and
(My personal experience was with my second daughter. Shortly before she was born we went blueberry-picking. I made and froze lots of blueberry pies, my favourite! Alas, after she was born, it became very clear that blueberries in mother's milk did not agree with my new babe. No more blueberries for me until after she was weaned!)
The important thing for parents to remember is that they did not do anything to cause the colic. One in every four infants has it. That is a lot of exhausted parents! Grandparents can help by letting the parents have an evening out now and then. The parents may hesitate to ask you to sit with a crying baby, so do offer. Go on - you have done it before. Be a hero to your kids and do it again!
Sources:The Merk Medical Manual, Seventeenth Edition,
http://www.WebMD.com Quiz "How Can You Help Your Crying Baby?"
http://www.wisegeek.com "What is colic?"
Disclaimer:This information is for general purposes only. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.