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    Default What is colic?

    I have been discussing this with other mums and it seems there is a range of views.

    What is the medical definition of colic?

    Are there any medical professionals such as general practitioners in this forum who can provide the medical definition?

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    I'm not sure if the term colic is really used anymore. My ds2 is 6 months and he screamed all day until about 9 weeks old and the medical professionals call is purple crying. If you look at the website about purple crying a lot of it makes a lot of sense and my baby definitely fitted the description very well.
    I think the term colic is misleading because it seems to imply abdominal pain (if you know anything about horses you will know that colic is a common condition referring to abdominal pain usually caused by twisted intestines but there can be other causes of pain) and I don't think anybody knows whether babies age actually in pain or not as most babies will grunt and squirm a lot as newborns anyway.
    One of the explanations I read about recently implied that the cause of constant crying was due to overstimulated of the newborn and it's their way of coping. It sound logical but hard to remedy especially as we are always surrounded by lots of family and friends during the early weeks.

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    My Paediatrician said that colic is not a medical condition it's a term used to describe unexplained crying in infants. It used to be considered trapped wind, tummy trouble I think but now it's just considered unsettled crying.
    This is a fantastic article about 'colic' I wish I had when DD was a few weeks old! https://www.babydoc.com.au/faq/colic...baby-to-sleep/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    My Paediatrician said that colic is not a medical condition it's a term used to describe unexplained crying in infants. It used to be considered trapped wind, tummy trouble I think but now it's just considered unsettled crying.
    This is a fantastic article about 'colic' I wish I had when DD was a few weeks old! https://www.babydoc.com.au/faq/colic...baby-to-sleep/
    This.

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    Yep, it's not really a thing...it's a catch-all basket. "Baby's unsettled and crying, but we're not sure why".
    I lean towards the over-stimulation explanation, but it depends on the situation. Can't really know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingermillie View Post
    My Paediatrician said that colic is not a medical condition it's a term used to describe unexplained crying in infants. It used to be considered trapped wind, tummy trouble I think but now it's just considered unsettled crying.
    This is a fantastic article about 'colic' I wish I had when DD was a few weeks old! https://www.babydoc.com.au/faq/colic...baby-to-sleep/
    I wish I had seen this when I was in the midst of colic hell during those early days.
    To anyone going through this, it does get better, hang in there!

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    I wish I'd read that 2 months ago!!!!

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    I felt the same when I read the article after my baby had finished the colic. However I'm not sure I could have managed staying in a dark room with a screaming baby for a few days!! Cabin fever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nh2489 View Post
    I felt the same when I read the article after my baby had finished the colic. However I'm not sure I could have managed staying in a dark room with a screaming baby for a few days!! Cabin fever!
    The dark room thing is not possible for me. I have a toddler as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meandmyboys82 View Post
    The dark room thing is not possible for me. I have a toddler as well!
    Same here which I think it what makes the colic with number 2 worse as you also feel sorry for the toddler having to put up with the constant screeching!

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