By Definition

“The definition of colic or what I refer to as “extreme fussiness” is long durations of irritability, fussing, or crying per day, occurring many days per week, and continuing for many weeks in an otherwise healthy infant….”A bothersome feature of colicky infants in general is extreme daytime wakefulness manifested in either brief or no sound napping…fussing is a kind of pre-cry state; a state of distress or agitation that quickly becomes more intense or extreme and moves into crying unless parents put forth effort to soothe the baby.  Unfortunately, sometimes children slip into inconsolability despite their parents’ efforts.”    —Weissbluth


Check. Check. Check.


2 out of 3 of our babies have had extreme fussiness/colic.  That’s beyond the predicted 20% chance. Likelihood of giving ourselves another chance? Slim.

4 thoughts on “By Definition

  1. I'm so sorry you are having to deal with that. It is so hard to cope when you are so tired at the beginning too. Hang in there, and I would check into reflux too. Two out of four of ours had it and the medicine is a life saver!

  2. Weissbluth said a mouthfull but parents remember how fast they forget the bad times?! Can you imagine giving up another chance and it could be a boy. You would never know but you think about it. Ha, I think I hang in here and
    just wait. M.

  3. I mentioned this to Rob on Facebook, but my Dr. mentioned to me that 90% of what we refer to as colic is actually caused by reflux. If I were you, I would ask your Dr. to prescribe reflux meds. for her and see if it helps. My second had reflux and the meds were awesome! Saved my sanity for sure!

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