Infant Colic – What Is It And How Do You Treat It
There used to be a commercial on television, depicting a young couple out in the car, driving around town late at night with the baby in the car seat. It must have been an automobile advertisement; if I recall correctly, the ending showed the Dad making just enough noise to waken the baby, who began that characteristic “colicky” cry, so there would be a reason to go on cruising. You know the one – that high-pitched screech guaranteed to generate an immediate response. This was a potent image because so many parents could readily identify with the situation – I would bet many of you can, too. Infant colic is problematic for many reasons, not the least of which is the paradox that while health professionals consider it a minor problem in the overall scheme of things, parents find dealing with colic a very major problem, indeed, associated with maternal depression, family stress, family breakdown and child abuse.[1] This article will present information about infantile colic, or “problem crying,” including diagnostic or defining criteria, theories about its cause, and the effectiveness of available treatment strategies.

Course Publication Date: November 01, 2014

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Author:Rita Iverson RNC, CDONA
Course No:IC101014
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Pain Management
Pediatric Medicine
Peri-Natal Medicine

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Learning Objectives
  • Restate the “rule of threes” definition of infant colic.
  • Describe the characteristic signs associated with infant colic.
  • Discuss theories related to the etiology of infant colic.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of currently available treatment for infant colic.


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