IS IT COLIC??

Answer these questions then refer to the bottom of the chart to see if your child might be suffering from colic.

1. How old is your Baby?
A
16 Weeks or Younger Babies most commonly suffer from colic from the age of 2 weeks.  Colic is usually worst when babies are around 6 to 8 weeks of age and goes away on its own between 8 and 14 weeks of age.
B
Older than 16 weeks Babies generally suffer from colic from between the ages of 2 weeks to 14 weeks.  Therefore it is unlikely that your baby has colic.
2. Does your baby have a high temperature above 38 degrees and/or is eating less than usual?
A
No Babies with colic don’t usually have temperature or eat less than usual.
B
Yes Babies with colic don’t usually have temperature or eat less than usual, we recommend that you seek medical advice immediately.
3. Is your baby suffering from diarrhea or has blood in their stool?
A
No Babies with colic do not usually suffer from diarrhea or have blood in the stool.
B
Yes Babies with colic do not usually suffer from diarrhea or have blood in the stool, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.
4. Does your baby suffer from hiccups and/or vomiting when experiencing colic symptoms?
A
No Babies with colic don’t usually suffer from hiccups and/or vomiting.
B
Yes Babies with colic do not normally suffer from hiccups and vomiting, these symptoms may be reflux related and you should seek medical advice.
5. Does your baby cry for 3 hours or more a day up to 3 times per week?
A
Yes Babies with colic typically cry for 3 hours or more per day for 3 or more days a week for at least 3 weeks.
B
No Babies with colic normally cry for long periods of time, it is possible that your baby just could need winding, be tired, need a nappy change or be hungry.
6. Does your baby seem perfectly normal through the day and the crying usually occur in the late afternoon and evening?
A
Yes It is common for babies with colic to cry in the afternoon and evening more so than the day.
B
No It’s perfectly normal for a newborn to cry a lot. During their first 3 months of life, babies can cry for up to 2 hours a day. Babies who are easily distracted when crying throughout the day could just need winding, a sleep, a nappy change or be hungry.
7. Is your baby’s tummy bloated?
A
Yes Babies with colic tend to have bloated tummies.
B
No Some babies with colic experience bloated tummies however not always.
8. Does your baby bend their arms and legs into their belly and have a red flushed face while crying?
A
Yes Babies with colic often pull their arms and legs into their belly and go red in the face.
B
No If your baby does not do this then you should consider other possible causes, such as they may have mild wind, tiredness, hunger or may need a nappy change.
9. Does your baby arch their back and/or clench their fists?
A
Yes Babies with colic tend to arch their back and clench their fists.
B
No Some babies with colic arch their back and clench their fists however not always.
10. Does your baby have a loud high pitched cry more like a scream?
A
Yes Colic crying is louder and more intense than regular crying. It sounds more like a high-pitched scream than a cry. Without the distinctive high pitched cry, they could just need winding, a sleep or be hungry
B
No Although there may be other causes, Colic crying is louder and more intense than regular crying. It sounds more like a high-pitched scream than a cry.

Interpreting Your Answers:

If you answered B to questions 1-4 than we recommend that you seek the advice of a Medical Professional.
If you answered A to 3 or more questions from 5-10 than the answers you have given indicate that you child may have colic. Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is Australia’s number one colic treatment and can help to alleviate the symptoms of colic and griping pain, for information about where to purchase Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid: CLICK HERE

Please note that the information contained above is a guide only and is not to be taken as professional medical opinion. If ever concerned – consult your own Medical Professional for appropriate advice.

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