In the first few weeks of life, normal children will experience periods of fussiness and crying especially during the afternoon and evening. These periods often increase in length and intensity until six weeks of age, then decrease in intensity, disappearing completely by four months of age. These normal fussing periods are often called “colic” if they are unusually intense. Colic has been attributed to formula, air swallowing, the mother’s diet in breastfed infants, and the infant’s temperament, among many other reasons. However, most colic is felt to be a normal behavior of infancy and no one has actually ever determined what really causes it.
Sometimes parents become very anxious about the fussy periods of a normal infant. This tension can lead to a stressful environment for the baby and decrease the mother’s breastmilk supply. This only serves to make the child’s fussiness worse.
The following checklist may be helpful to you if your baby seems excessively fussy:
If your child appears ill, or