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Colic Must-Knows

It's 4 a.m. and your baby's been crying -- and you've wanted to cry -- for three hours. You know this isn't a hungry or tired cry, so something has to be wrong. When crying episodes become chronic, it might be colic, which is more common than you think. "Colic is a factor in at least one out of 10 babies in my experience," says Brooklyn pediatrician Anatoly Belilovsky, M.D. Here's what you need to know about colic to help you and your baby through it.
baby crying Symptoms: Frequent, Drawn-Out Crying Sessions

Babies cry, but it could be colic when crying episodes follow "a rule of three or four," says Brooklyn pediatrician Anatoly Belilovsky, M.D. When your baby's crying episodes last at least three hours and occur at least three times a week for three weeks, it might be colic. Usually, colic stops when Baby's about 4 months, but it can last longer. "There are times that she?s crying two or three hours a day," says Amy Goldsmith, a mom with a colicky baby. "I'll be standing with her, and as soon as I put her down, she'll wake up." Episodes are often predictable.