Colic vs. High Needs Babies – What is the Difference?
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|Colicky baby||High Needs Baby|
|Sleep:||Have Normal Sleep & Eating Patterns, but Often Wake from Colic Pain||Irregular Sleep & Eating Patterns. Wake & Feed Frequently|
|Noise:||No Negative Reaction To Noise or People||Have 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 Reason||Cry 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 Months||Crying Lasts Throughout First Few Years|
- Grimaced Face
- Excessive Crying
- High Pitched Piercing Sound
- Clenched Fists
- Knees Drawn to Chest
- Arched Back
- Red Face
- Difficult to Soothe
High Needs Symptoms
- Fearful of New People
- Have a Hard Time Adjusting to New Environment
- Irregular Sleep and Eating Patterns
- Wake Frequently
- 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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