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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.
Non-IgE cow milk / soy protein allergy
Lactose overload / malabsorption
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
If the history is typical and examination normal, no
investigations are required.
Infant requiring care beyond the comfort level of the hospital
For emergency advice
and paediatric or neonatal ICU transfers, see Retrieval Services.
Referral for early (within days) ongoing support is essential. Options include:
REducing MEDications in Infants (REMEDI)
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