Dr Valerie Sung, a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and research fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, discusses the latest thinking on colic, one of the most common conditions experienced by babies under four months of age.
While colic is considered benign and self-resolving, it can have significant impacts on the family.
“Colic is one of the most common presentations to primary health care in a baby’s first months of life. It has adverse associations including maternal depression, child abuse and early cessation of breastfeeding,” Dr Sung says.
Physiological and psychosocial factors are thought to lie behind the condition, but none are definitive according to the article. Dr Sung then discusses the latest management options for colic.
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