Colic | Pediatric Oncall


Last Updated : 5/2/2016
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Sourav Maiti
Wessel’s Rule of Three differentiating ‘fussy’ from ‘content’ babies is still the most used criteria for colic14. It says that colic is characterized by paroxysmal, excessive and inconsolable crying in a healthy and well fed infant that exceeds 3 hours daily for 3 or more days in a week for a minimum of 3 weeks. The word ‘colic’ comes from ‘kolikos’ (Greek word meaning adjective to ‘kolon’). This suggests that gastrointestinal disturbances had been the prime suspect in infant crying. Increased association of abdominal distension and increased tone with colicky infants points to the fact.


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MD (Microbiology) Designation: Chief Consultant Microbiologist & HOD,
Department of Infection Prevention & Control,
Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata.

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