What is Colic?

If you are a parent of a baby with Colic, you understand how difficult and trying this time can be. Most people know the symptoms of Colic as an extremely fussy baby who cries excessively. The crying spells are commonly reported towards bedtime and your baby may try to cluster feed for comfort. Clinically, Colic is defined by the Wessel Criteria, or "Rule of 3s." A baby who cries for at least 3 hours a day, 3 times a week, for at least 3 weeks is considered to have Colic. However, even if your baby only cries for 2 hours a day, this can have a huge impact on your mood, attitude, and sanity as a parent.

What Causes Colic?

There is no specific known cause of Colic; however, most of the major accepted theories point towards digestive issues. Common theories include:

  • A sensitive temperament or hypersensitivity to stimulation
  • Immature nervous system
  • Breastfed babies may react to foods in mom's diet. Several studies have shown a link between cows milk/dairy in mom's diet to be related to colic symptoms.
  • Bottle-fed babies may be intolerant to milk proteins in formula, or may swallow too much air while feeding.
  • Overfeeding or feeding too quickly
  • Intestinal gas pains
  • Not burping after feedings
  • Low birth weight
  • Hunger
  • Acid Reflux

How Can Colic Be Treated?


The American Pregnancy Association has a set of general recommendations for Colic care:

  • Holding your child. We suggest wearing your baby using an ergonomic baby wrap such as a Moby wrap or Baby K'tan. Ask us or check this resource from to make sure your baby carrier is safe for you child's hips!
  • Seek Chiropractic care! Chiropractic care can influence the nervous system and improve your baby's digestion, providing relief from their symptoms!
  • Talk with your health care provider about probiotics. This is especially important if your child was born via C-section or has been on antibiotics.
  • Tummy massage, bicycles, and other home exercises. See the video below for a demonstration from Dr. Jeremy.
  • If mom is breastfeeding, eliminate dietary triggers such as dairy. If formula-fed, consider trying a different formula.
  • Burp your baby often.
  • Hold baby upright often (this is also a benefit to wearing your baby using a wrap!)

To schedule an appointment for your child, call (612) 440-5776 or book an appointment online!


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