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Colic is the term used to describe frequent and often prolonged bouts of forceful, fretful crying in an otherwise healthy infant. The child continues crying despite attempts to provide comfort. The face will often turn red and the legs may be drawn up to the stomach.
Colic is very common in newborn babies and it is thought to affect around 20% of infants. The condition normally starts a few weeks after birth, and continues for the first three to four months of life. Although it may appear that your baby is in distress, colic is not harmful, and your baby will continue to feed and gain weight normally. There is no evidence that colic has any long-term effects.