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. 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
This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE
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|Author:||Rita Iverson RNC, CDONA
|Delivery Method:||Online Self Study
|Category:||Community & Home Health
Emergency & Trauma Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
- 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.