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Colic (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Colic?

Although colic can be a frightening experience for new parents, it is not a dangerous condition for your child. An infant often will outgrow the condition by 4 months of age with no permanent problems (except for perhaps gray hair in the parents).

Is It Possible to Prevent Colic?

Studies have demonstrated that breastfed children are less likely to experience colic, and if they are affected, their symptoms seem to be less intense and of shorter duration. No other proactive approach has been demonstrated.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


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