Colic vs. High Needs Babies – What is the Difference?

Colic vs High Needs Baby - What is the difference

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Colicky babyHigh Needs Baby
Sleep:Have Normal Sleep & Eating Patterns, but Often Wake from Colic PainIrregular Sleep & Eating Patterns. Wake & Feed Frequently
Noise:No Negative Reaction To Noise or PeopleHave Intense Negative Reactions To Noise & Commotion. Fearful of New People
Crying:Cry For More Than 3 Hours A Day. Crying Episodes Last Longer & Seem To Happen For No ReasonCry For Less Than 3 Hours A Day. Cry Less Than Colic Babies, But More Than Normal Babies
Duration:Crying Typically Lasts For 3 Months, But Can Last Up To 6 MonthsCrying Lasts Throughout First Few Years

Colic Symptoms

  • Grimaced Face
  • Excessive Crying
  • High Pitched Piercing Sound
  • Clenched Fists
  • Gas
  • Knees Drawn to Chest
  • Arched Back
  • Red Face
  • Difficult to Soothe

High Needs Symptoms

  • Difficult
  • Fearful of New People
  • Hyperactive
  • Have a Hard Time Adjusting to New Environment
  • Irregular Sleep and Eating Patterns
  • Demanding
  • Wake Frequently
  • Fussy
  • Negative Reaction to Noise

Colic vs. High Needs Facts

38 Minutes – Average crying episode of a colicky baby

20 Minutes – Average crying episode of a high needs baby

1/10 – 10% of babies born or 1 in 10 are high needs. CHESS, STELLA, M.D., ALEXANDER THOMAS, M.D., AND HERBERT G. BIRCH, M.D., PH.D. Your Child Is A Person: A Psychological Approach To Childhood Without Guilt. The Viking Press, New York: 1965.

2/10 – 20% of babies born or 2 out of 10 get colic.


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