Few sounds are as disturbing as that of a crying baby. For parents of a colicky newborn who wails inconsolably, the stress can be downright brutal. “Colic” is most commonly defined as when an otherwise healthy baby cries uncontrollably for more than three hours a day, at least three days a week, for three or more weeks. Yes, that’s a lot of tears! It typically begins around two to three weeks of age and resolves on its own by three to four months.
There are various theories about what triggers colic, but the cause is ultimately unknown. Some theories hypothesize that colicky babies are in digestive pain, while others believe that these babies have sensitive nervous systems and cry because they are over-stimulated. No one really knows, and because there is no known single cause, there is no real treatment.