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Colic is torture for infants, family

May 19, 2005

Barbara Morse Silva

All babies cry, but hat if the crying goes on for hours? Colic can be torture for infants, and their family.

What can you do? We talked to an expert from the only colic clinic in America.

The minute Victoria Gallucci was born she started to scream. But that's normal. Yet it continued on. That’s not normal.

Weeks went by and every night, like clockwork, for seven to eight hours straight, the inconsolable crying. Victoria erupted.

"I’d put her in the carriage and I’d actually walk around the house with her and it could be three, four in the morning but that's, she was finally, you know calmed down," says her father, Dan.

Spending time in her swing also helped. But Victoria’s sleeping pattern was inconsistent and short lived.

The Gallucci’ s were dealing with a colicky baby. "We define colic as when crying becomes a sufficient problem that it's either affecting the baby or it's affecting the family or what most often happens is that it affects both," says Dr. Barry Lester.

There are many causes. It could be a feeding issue, and infant version of heartburn. The colic clinic, part of women and infants' hospital in providence, is where the Gallucci’ s ended up.

A diary showed Victoria was eating constantly, every hour. She’d scream sometimes during feedings. It was determined the baby had reflux. She was put on a heartburn medication. Mom cut out dairy and caffeine. Then they had to work on the baby's sleeping habits.

Victoria’s now sleeping in her crib, and pretty much through the night. She likes it when daddy helps her walk.

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