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Your Fussy Baby: Is It Really Colic?

SWEET RELIEF AT LAST

When will it stop? Colic with no diagnosed medical cause tends to peak at 6 to 8 weeks and diminish by about 4 months. What's so special about 4 months? Around then, a baby develops more internal organization; his digestive system matures, and food sensitivities may subside; he can see clearly and is distracted from his fussing by the visual attractions around him; and he can play with his hands and engage in self-soothing finger sucking as well as waving his limbs in order to blow off steam.

As heart-wrenching as your baby's colic is now, remind yourself that it won't last forever. If you can get through this, the terrible twos will seem like a piece of cake.

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