Colic is a common condition, affecting around 1 in 5 infants in the UK in their first month of life. However, it is not a serious medical condition and usually resolves by the age of 3-4 months. Colic is usually recognised by bouts of inconsolable crying, often for hours at a time, for no specific reason - i.e. your baby is not hungry, overtired, needs a nappy change or has a raised temperature.
Despite medical research, no one is certain what causes infant colic. A likely explanation may be the build up of trapped wind in your baby's bowel causing pain and discomfort.
Get some rest – never be afraid to ask friends and family to support you.
Make sure your baby is comfortable – regularly check their nappy, hunger levels and temperature.
Limit levels of anxiety – New-born's are often sensitive to anxiety, try to create a relaxed environment by looking after yourself as much as possible - eat healthily, get rest where you can and make time for yourself when baby sleeps.
Try anti-colic massage – a fantastic and natural way to reduce the symptoms of colic. Check out our anti-colic massage videos.
Watch what you eat if you are breastfeeding – there is some research to suggest that cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, nuts and caffeine as well as some vegetables (onions, sprouts, broccoli etc) can have an effect on your baby. (See NHS advice here - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/lifestyle-breastfeeding.aspx)
Anti-colic remedies could help – you may like to try Infacol, Britains' No. 1 colic treatment