How to Spot the Signs of Colic in Babies

Crying and babies go hand in hand. It’s the only way your little one can communicate with you in the early stages. They cry to let you know they’re hungry, they need a nappy change or they’re tired.

How to Spot the Signs of Colic in Babies

Newborns cry a lot! In the first few weeks of their lives, they can cry for a fair few hours of the day. So, how can you tell if they’re crying for another reason – like infant colic?

Here are some of the signs that your baby may be experiencing colic.

  • You may find that your baby seems to be crying for no reason, when they’re not tired, they’ve been fed and their nappy is clean.
  • Your baby may start crying in the evening or at the same time every day if they have colic.
  • If your baby cries for more than three hours a day, for three days a week for three weeks or more.
  • Your baby’s cry may have a different sound to normal – it may sound more high-pitched and intense.
  • Feeding, rocking, cuddling and other forms of comforting still won’t soothe your baby’s crying.


Crying isn’t always the only way your baby may show you they’re suffering from colic. Other things they do and some of their body language may also be an indication.

  • Your baby may clench their fists and have a red, flushed face when they cry.
  • You may notice a bloated belly or tightened stomach muscles.
  • When your baby cries, they may pass wind at the same time due to swallowing air.
  • Your baby might bend their arms and legs towards their belly.
  • As they cry, your baby may arch their back.

Still confused about the symptoms of colic? Our informative colic symptoms video might help

It’s worth remembering, however, that some babies cry more than others whether they have infant colic or not. If you do have a colicky baby, while it can be a rough time for everyone, the crying and fussing are likely to ease off after the first couple of months, and by around six months, it should be gone completely.