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Looking For Colic Symptoms – Is it Something More Serious?


Pediatricians will often reassure parents that colic symptoms are just a phase and there is nothing to worry about. Because there are so many potential causes of colic, there is no definitive cure for the crying.

However, not all crying is colic-related, and even if you think your baby’s crying is due to colic, it’s best to get a firm diagnosis from your doctor. In particular, if you notice any of the following symptoms in conjunction with your baby’s crying, you should get an evaluation as soon as possible, as it may point to something more serious.

  • Crying accompanied by a rash, hives, or other changes in the skin.

This may be a sign of allergies, and should be examined by a qualified physician. Allergic reactions may be due to formula, but they may also be related to something as benign-seeming as the metal snaps in the clothing, or the baby detergent used to wash said clothes.

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing when crying.

It is not uncommon for babies with colic symptoms to cry until they are red in the face. However, if your baby seems to have difficulties breathing, or if he wheezes and coughs in the midst of the crying, it could be an allergic reaction, or even asthma. Proper diagnosis is essential in order to get your baby the help he needs. Breathing problems could also be an indication of pneumonia, which can quickly escalate to a life-threatening condition in infants. Any breathing problems warrant immediate medical intervention.

  • Excessive vomiting, either caused by crying or during/after crying.

All babies will spit up from time to time, but if your baby vomits forcefully, or excessively, there could be an underlying problem. Your baby may have acid reflux, a stomach virus, or any number of illnesses. Projectile vomiting may also be a sign of serious illness or infection, and should be reported to a pediatrician right away.

  • Crying accompanied by a high fever.

Fever can be dangerous in small children, so it’s very important that you consult with your child’s pediatrician, even if you believe the crying to be a sign of colic, rather than a more serious illness. Because fever can be indicative of so many different conditions, a medical evaluation is essential to rule out any serious illness.

  • Diarrhea, especially if the stools are bloody or otherwise discolored.

Diarrhea can point to any number of illnesses, some mild, others more serious. However, you should always speak with a doctor about this symptom in young children, as babies can be very prone to dehydration when it comes to loose stools. Dehydration is a serious problem and can lead to additional complications – always get your baby’s pediatrician to evaluate the condition as soon as possible if your infant shows any signs of dehydration.

The symptoms of colic are distressing for everyone involved, despite the fact that colic itself is generally harmless to the infant. However, other more serious signs and symptoms should not be dismissed as a part of the colic. Always talk to your baby’s pediatrician any time there are symptoms that could be a sign of more serious illness, even if you suspect the crying to be wholly related to colic.

Because crying is the only way for babies to communicate distress, illness, or pain, it should not be dismissed as an indication that something may be wrong, especially when there are other symptoms present.

Mothers usually know intuitively that something is not right, it is as if they possess something of a sixth sense that allows them to tell that their baby is having a problem that needs attention by qualified people. When in doubt, don’t hesitate for one second to consult the family doctor if you have one. A phone call is easy to make.


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