You can ask your doctor about your concerns regarding your baby's crying during regularly scheduled well-baby visits. But don't hesitate to call and discuss your concerns at any time. This is especially true if comfort measures keep failing or if you notice other symptoms along with the excessive crying.
At the checkup, your doctor will want to find out whether your baby has colic or whether crying is possibly related to an illness, an injury, or a medical condition. To find out, your doctor:
- Will take a medical history.
- Will perform a physical exam of your baby.
- Will ask if your baby has other symptoms besides crying.
- May ask you to keep a diary of your baby's activities.
- May ask you to show how you feed and burp the baby.
- May ask how your baby's crying affects you.
If the baby cries excessively and has other worrisome symptoms (such as vomiting, diarrhea, blood or mucus in the stool, or fever), lab tests or X-rays may be done to help the doctor find out whether a condition other than colic is present.
Other Places To Get Help
|American Academy of Family Physicians|
|P.O. Box 11210|
|Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-1210|
|Web Address: ||www.familydoctor.org|
The American Academy of Family Physicians offers information on adult and child health conditions and healthy living. Its Web site has topics on medicines, doctor visits, physical and mental health issues, parenting, and more.
|American Academy of Pediatrics|
|141 Northwest Point Boulevard|
|Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098|
|Phone: ||(847) 434-4000|
|Fax: ||(847) 434-8000|
|Web Address: ||www.aap.org|
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers a variety of educational materials about parenting, general growth and development, immunizations, safety, disease prevention, and more. AAP guidelines for various conditions and links to other organizations are also available.
|KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens|
|10140 Centurion Parkway North|
|Jacksonville, FL 32256|
|Phone: ||(904) 697-4100|
|Fax: ||(904) 697-4220|
|Web Address: ||www.kidshealth.org|
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health, from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.
|Zero to Three|
|1255 23rd Street NW|
|Washington, DC 20037|
|Phone: ||(202) 638-1144|
|Fax: ||(202) 638-0851|
|Web Address: ||www.zerotothree.org|
Zero to Three is a national nonprofit organization whose aim is to strengthen and support families and promote the healthy development of babies and toddlers. The organization provides information about growth and development and about health professional training. It also works to promote public awareness about the importance of giving children a healthy start and solid developmental foundation in the first three years of life.