Crying is normal in newborn babies. But if your otherwise healthy baby is crying for 2-3 hours at a time for more than 3 days in a week, then it could be a sign of colic. Find out more about what colic is and how you can soothe a colicky baby.

During the first few months of life your baby’s digestive system is still in its infancy and minor feeding problems are common. If your baby is having difficulty feeding (especially in the evening) and is crying inconsolably, then it could be colic. One in five babies suffer from this condition and it can happen whether they are being breast or bottle-fed. It usually occurs between 2-12 weeks and rarely continues past the 3-4 month mark.

Generic signs to look out for colic include:

  • Your baby has a hard tummy
  • They are clenching their fists
  • Their knees are drawn up towards their tummy
  • They are crying repeatedly without being able to be consoled

How you can help

  • Wind your baby throughout their feed
  • Try changing the feeding position
  • A gentle massage can help soothe them
  • Gentle motion, such as rocking, can also help soothe your baby