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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Colic is, well, no fun

My son had colic, so all you have to do is mention the word and I'm interested. Now, Jerome Groopman, of all people, is writing about the subject in the New Yorker (sorry, no link is available) in the Sept. 17 issue, and also in the Annals of Medicine. Here's a summary in the Wall St. Journal. Groopman links babies with colic to parental depression.

What's most amazing is that in the 19 years since I first began paying attention to colic, not much has changed. The definition remains the same: a baby who cries unconsolably for more than three hours in a row at least three days a week for more than three weeks. What happens, of course, is that the frantic parent tries everything to soothe the baby. Nothing works. The baby outgrows the colic, generally after about three months. But does the parent ever outgrow the feeling of incompetency?

If you have a story of colic to share, email me and I'll post some of them. Maybe even mine.

Posted by Barbara Meltz at 02:37 PM
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