It is critically important to consult the baby's doctor at the very beginning of the suspected colic symptoms. While there are no tests that can be done where the results come back "colic," it is very important to exclude several other causes of sudden-onset screaming in a newborn. These conditions include intestinal blockage or obstruction, abdominal infection, a hernia, a scratch of the baby's eye, an ear infection, a bladder infection, and others. Once the baby is given a clean bill of health, an understanding, supportive doctor is worth his weight in gold! The doctor can reassure you that should your colicky baby's symptoms ever suddenly change, that he will reassess the situation and look for unrelated problems that can arise in any baby. As discussed above, the doctor may recommend an over-the-counter anti-gas bubble medicine for the baby (for example, Mylicon Drops) or even a probiotic. These medications are taken orally. And when it seems that there are as many "cures" for colic as there are grandparents, always call your baby's doctor first. He can help you sort out the advice you get from all the "experts." Finally, remember that after the three or four months, when the colic has resolved, you will be left with that happy, healthy, eager-eating baby you dreamed of because there are no long-term problems associated with colic.
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