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What is colic?

Patricia Thompson
Pediatric Nursing
Infant colic, frequent crying from an otherwise healthy baby, is very stressful for parents. Although it only lasts for 3-4 months, it is difficult for parents who try to comfort their baby to have them continue to cry. As a parent if you are having trouble coping you need to get support from family and friends. Let them babysit so you can take a break. Crying does not hurt the baby, so you can also put the baby in the crib for a few minutes while you go into another room to re-group. You do not want your stress to increase to the point where you are no longer coping. This situation puts both you and your baby at risk. 

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