A1.6.4 Infantile colic


Excessive, frequent crying in a baby who appears to be otherwise healthy and well fed.

Diagnostic criteria:
  1. Recurrent episodes of irritability, fussing or crying from birth to 4 months of age, fulfilling criterion B
  2. Both of the following:
    1. episodes last for ≥3 hours/day
    2. episodes occur on ≥3 days/week for ≥3 weeks
  3. Not attributed to another disorder1.

In particular, failure to thrive has been excluded.


Infantile colic affects one baby in five.

Infants with colic have a higher likelihood of developing 1.1 Migraine without aura or 1.2 Migraine with aura later in life. Mothers with 1. Migraine have been found 2.5 times more likely to have infants with colic than mothers without. For fathers with 1. Migraine, the likelihood of an infant with colic increases two-fold.