Who is affected by colic

Approximately 10% to 30% of babies have colic.1 It is equally common among males and females, whether they are breast-fed or bottle-fed.2 Babies with colic grow and develop normally. They are just as likely as other children to be healthy and happy, and colic is rarely a factor in later behavioral problems, such as sleeping problems and temper tantrums. These problems may result more from the way family members relate to each other than from the child's experience with colic.


  1. Overby KJ (2003). Crying and colic section of Pediatric health supervision. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph's Pediatrics, 21st ed., pp. 34–35. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  2. Stein MT (2006). One to two months: Getting on track. In SD Dixon, MT Stein, eds., Encounters with Children: Pediatric Behavior and Development, 4th ed., pp. 223–249. Philadelphia: Mosby Elsevier.

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