• The diagnosis is usually achieved from a typical history and a normal examination.
  • Further investigations are not usually required.


  • Often reassurance is all that is required however:
    • Living with a colicky baby can be exhausting for the family and hence, it is important to be empathetic and supportive
    • Parents may be advised to share childcare until this stage has passed, in order to prevent physical/mental exhaustion
    • If CMPI is suspected a two week trial of a diary free diet for breastfeeding mothers37 or nutramigen formula39 may be diagnostic
    • If frequent regurgitation and marked distress consider treatment for GORD2
    • There is no conclusive evidence for other interventions including soya milk, chiropractic care and massage
    • There is little evidence to support the use of drugs such as InfacolĀ®37 however they are unlikely to be harmful39


  • Most infants with recover spontaneously by 3-4 months of age.
  • However, it remains a frustrating problem for parents and it is important to support them through this challenging time.
  • Cry-sis is a registered charity that offers support for families with excessively crying, sleepless and demanding babies. They also provide a telephone helpline between 9am to 10pm seven days a week.