Colic is not a disease but a pattern of persistent, prolonged crying. Doctors consider it colic if an otherwise healthy infant, up to four months old, exhibits the following behaviour:
- Loud crying that lasts for at least three hours for three or more days a week, over a period of more than three weeks.
- Prolonged crying between 6pm and midnight in a baby that has been fed.
- During crying, the baby draws his legs to his abdomen and clenches his hands and curls his toes, his face may also alternately flush and pale from the effort of crying.
- Your baby may also pass wind.