Symptom / SignFrequency
1. Cries vigorously for long periods, despite efforts to console*
100%
2. Symptoms begin and end abruptly without warning
92%
3. During episodes; baby arches back, pulls knees to chest, clenches fists, flails arms and legs
90%
4. Baby experiences disrupted sleep patterns
83%
5. Crying begins around the same time each day or night
77%
6. Shows signs of gas such as; abdominal bloating or a hard distended stomach
74%
7. Symptoms begin after meal times
70%
8. Symptoms cease after a bowel movement or passing gas
62%
9. Baby spits up frequently**
46%

Notes: * Inconsolable crying is part of the Wessel definition of colic. Thus, all colicky infants fit this criteria. ** The fact that relatively few parents reported excessive spit-up, which is quite common in babies anyway, suggests that reflux is not a factor in most cases of colic.

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Parents may describe their baby’s cry as more piercing, painful or intense compared to his normal cry. Parents often think of colicky pain as an acute abdominal pain, but since colicky babies cannot describe exactly what distresses them, it is hard for parents to know the precise cause of their distress.

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