ExitCare ImageAn otherwise healthy infant that is considered to have a colic cries for at least 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks. Colic spells can range from fussiness to extreme screams. Between these spells, the infant acts fine. The cause of colic is unknown.


  • Do not drink beverages with caffeine (tea, coffee, pop) if you are breastfeeding.

  • Burp your infant after each ounce of formula. If you are breastfeeding, burp your infant every 5 minutes.

  • Hold your infant while feeding. Allow at least 20 minutes for feeding. Keep your infant upright for at least 30 minutes following a feeding.

  • Do not feed your infant every time he or she cries. Wait at least 2 hours between feedings.

  • Check to see if your infant is positioned in an uncomfortable way.

  • Check to see if your infant is too hot or cold, has a dirty diaper, or needs to be cuddled.

  • Try rocking your infant or taking your infant for a ride in a stroller or car.

  • Try using a sound machine to calm your infant.

  • Do not let your infant sleep more than 3 hours at a time during the day in order to help your infant sleep at night. Place your infant on their back to sleep. Never place your infant face down or on their stomach to sleep.

  • Ask for help. If you get stressed, put your infant in the crib and leave the room to take a break. Never shake or hit your infant.


  • You are afraid that your stress will cause you to hurt your infant.

  • You have shaken your infant.

  • Your infant is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your infant is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • Your infant seems to be in pain or acts sick.

  • Your infant has been crying constantly for more than 3 hours.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.