Soothing a Fussy or Colicky Child

In the first few months of life, children will experience periods of fussiness and crying, especially during the afternoon and evening hours.

These periods often increase in length and intensity over the first six weeks of life, and then gradually decrease in intensity, usually disappearing by four months of age.

Sometimes parents become anxious about the fussy periods of a normal infant. See the link below for a helpful checklist of things to look for or do if your baby seems excessively fussy.

If your baby:

  • appears ill
  • is inconsolable for hours
  • is spitting up excessively with the fussiness
  • has a temperature of 100.4 or higher

call your pediatrician.

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