How is colic diagnosed?

Your baby's doctor can usually diagnose colic based on the pattern of symptoms. It will help the doctor if you keep a record of when the baby's crying spells occur, when your baby sleeps, what your baby eats and how often, and your baby's pattern of bowel movements.

The doctor may perform a physical exam to rule out a physical condition—such as esophageal reflux, an infection or an allergy—as the cause of the baby's fussiness.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/07/2019.


  • American Academy of Family Physicians. Colic. Accessed 12/2/2019.
  • Merck Manual. Colic. Accessed 12/2/2019.

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