HOW TO KNOW IF A BABY HAS COLIC?
The criteria often applied in colic diagnosis are called Wessel Rules or "Rule of 3" and are based on three simple and precise criteria:
- Crying at last more than 3 hours a day.
- More than three days a week.
- More than three weeks in a healthy and properly fed baby.
Moreover, there are some other characteristic symptoms that can help differentiate an episode of colic from a "normal" crying.
Inconsolable crying for more than three hours a day, three days a week and at least three weeks.
Baby with signs of anxiety and tension shown by a generalized tonic contraction.
Red face due to a prolonged duration of crying and total inability to be comforted.
Legs bent on the abdomen is a characteristic gesture in babies who suffer from colic
Bloating: the baby has a swollen belly and more gas than usual.
If the baby has other symptoms than the above, such as diarrhea, fever or vomiting, you should see a specialist. It may be a more serious problem.