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Should I take my baby to the doctor if I suspect he has colic?

It is recommended that you seek advice from your GP when the colic or persistent crying begins. It’s important to keep a note of your baby’s crying, feeds and other symptoms and bring them with you when you visit your doctor. This will help your doctor determine if it is something other than colic that is causing the crying.

For about one in 10 babies, there will be another factor which is causing them to cry. In these cases, your baby may have other symptoms, such as:
  • An abnormal cry that is high pitched
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting, blood in your baby’s poo or weight loss
  • Feeding problems and bringing up milk
  • Eczema
In these special cases, it's possible that your baby's crying may be caused by: 
  • An intolerance or temporary allergy to cow’s milk protein in breast milk or formula milk.
  • A temporary intolerance to lactose. Your baby may also have trouble digesting the lactose found in breast milk or formula milk.
  • Reflux, when your baby brings up feeds or vomits after feeding.
  • Incorrect breastfeeding position. If your baby cries and detaches during feeds, it could mean he hasn’t latched on correctly.
  • Another illness, such as a fever.

More questions

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Firstly, you need to determine if it is vomiting or if they are just possetting, bringing up small quantities of milk. 
Colic is the medical term used to define excessive and frequent crying in an otherwise healthy infant that lasts for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week for at least a period of three weeks.
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Colic won’t harm your baby in any way and most babies outgrow it by the time they are between three months and four months old.
It is recommended that you seek advice from your GP when the colic or persistent crying begins. 
The persistent nature of colic means that there are likely to be times when your baby cries, whatever you do.
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