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What sort of disorder is colic?

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Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Colic: Colic is abdominal pain, usually caused by gas. In infant, it occurs quite freuently between the ages of 2 weeks and 2 months.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unexplained crying: The research description uses a rule of 3's. 3hrs of unexplained crying at least 3hrs/day in the 1st 3 months.By definition it is not due to illess or defect. Brazleton set standards in the 70's for nl crying frequency peaking @ 6wks. Often attributed to tummy pain there is no proof, though many get gassy if they cry that much. It often disappears as baby begins to roll over & entertain themself.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Fixable: Colic is uncontrolled fussiness in an infant for hours at a time frequently thru the day. It refers to a behavior. Many say there is no cure, but i believe that colic is caused by something, such as gas, formula intolerance, or acid reflux disease. Careful investigation usually discovers the cause , which allows for a fix.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Excellent & succinctanswer, Many, many children used to be labelled as having colic in the past when they likely had gastro-esophageal reflux or formula intolerance. Agreebwith primary care Dr. being first to care of this but don't hesitate to see a pediatric gastroenterologist if problem isn't taken care of.
Mar 6, 2012

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