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My newborn son is 5 weeks old and has started to cry
uncontrollably, mostly in the evenings. He often seems inconsolable and often gets red-faced, and draws his legs up. I
have tried everything and nothing seems to calm him down. I have read up on infantile colic, but I'd like to separate
fact from fiction. Is there a cause for infantile colic? Do any alternative treatments really work, and which ones do
– Thank you, Tired Mom
A: Unfortunately, we don't know the cause of colic, and we still
don't have a remedy. In my practice, I usually stress four things: first, we don't know the cause of colic but it's self-limiting
and has no long-term consequences that we know of; second, I try to encourage the new mother to get some relief as it can be
exhausting for a first-time mom who may also be trying to breastfeed; third, if the caregiver is feeling that he/she is "losing it,"
I would recommend having her put the baby down in the crib and go for a walk.[+]