Almost all babies develop a fussy period. The timing varies, but it usually begins at about three weeks of age and peaks somewhere between four and six weeks of age. For most infants the most intense fussiness is in the evening.
Congratulations! Your head is, no doubt, spinning. Whether this is your first pregnancy, or your second, third or fourth—there’s so much to think about, so much to do. Where do you begin?
All babies cry. But when an otherwise healthy baby suffers from extreme fussiness, often defined as crying for more than 3 hours per day, more than 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks, they may have a condition called colic.
Nursing is usually a powerfully bonding experience that calms and satisfies the baby. Sometimes, though, I hear from parents that their baby screams at the breast, which can feel so disheartening.
All babies cry. They eat, sleep, pee, poop, and cry. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to listen to your own child upset.
Dr. Greene is a practicing pediatrician, author, speaker, children’s health advocate, and father of four.
Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York based pediatrician and a mom of two children.
Most colic solutions help in about one third of babies, but it’s hard to predict which babies will benefit. Combining remedies is often the most helpful.
- Dr. Greene