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Baby's 1st Year Videos: Colic

Colic is best defined as extreme crying that may worsen as the day goes on. Some experts diagnose babies as colicky if the baby cries for more than 3 hours a day, at least 3 days a week, for a period of at least 3 weeks. While doctors more often than not have no explanation for a particular baby's colic, here are some possibilities:

Gastroesophageal reflux or GER -- When the stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Prescription antacids can help control this condition, just check with your doctor.

Some nursing moms find that their babies are happier when they eliminate dairy from their own diets. If you're feeding formula and your baby seems to have a cow's milk allergy, talk to your pediatrician about switching to a hypoallergenic formula.

Many colicky infants are simply not getting enough sleep. Your pediatrician should be able to refer you to a professional who deals with sleep difficulties and collicky babies.

Finally, some moms find that soothers such as gas drops, and even riding aroudn in the car can help. Talk to your pediatrician to find the best solution for you and your baby.

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