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Why all the crying?

Colic is the act of a baby crying for longer than three hours a day and more than three days a week. Nearly all babies cry occasionally, but colicky babies cry with a force and focus that is beyond compare.

What sets apart a baby with colic from a baby who is just fussy? Colic is a behavioral pattern of excessive crying while fussiness tends to occur during the time of the day that the baby usually stays awake more, the most common time is in the evening right before the time that the baby takes his longest stretch of sleep.

Some people define colic as a digestive problem, because of the way in which many colicky babies frequently draw up their legs and cry out as if in pain, there has never been any proven link between stomach ailments and colic.

However it is true that colicky babies tend to be gassier, but this is probably more because of the result of the crying, not because of colic. Some experts refer that colic may be a combination of a baby's inborn personality and an immature nervous system that leads to their inability to handle stimulation from the world around them.

You could also think of it as a circuit overload, these babies take in information from their environment but quickly become overwhelmed by even the simplest of things, including being fed. Unexplained crying that only worsens with the kind attempts of the caregiver to provide comfort.

Colic symptoms usually begin around 2 to 3 weeks of age, progress around 6 to 8 weeks of age, and begin to subside around 3 to 4 months of age. In case your baby develops colicky symptoms ensure you consult a health care provider.