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At 6-8 weeks age, a baby cries on average 2-3 hours per 24 hours. “Colic” is an out-dated term used to describe excessive crying. The parents are often distressed, exhausted, and confused and often have received conflicting advice.
If the history is typical and examination normal, no
investigations are required.
For emergency advice
and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, see Retrieval Services.
Referral for early (within days) ongoing support is essential. Options include:
Parent Information Sheet
Information specific to RCH
Unsettled Babies Clinic – for unsettled infants
< 6 months old
General Medicine Clinic
Social work referral (consider if presenting to Emergency Department)
Sleep Clinic – for unsettled infants > 6 months old with sleep issues
Last updated August, 2019