colic or growth spurt?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
42082 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

awakemysoul:  Could be a growth spurt

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The signs of a growth spurt include:

  • Increased appetite. A child’s nutritional needs increase before and during periods of rapid growth.
  • An increase in bone and muscle growth.
  • An increase in the amount of fat stored in the body.

Growth spurts can last days to years.

During the first year of life, growth spurts typically occur during the following ages:

  • 7 to 10 days
  • 3 to 6 weeks
  • Now and then up to 1 year of age

Nursing more often is designed to increase the milk supply so that supply will match demand as the baby grows in size. Baby ill then be able to go longer between feeds again.



Post # 3
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’d guess growth spurt if nursing works to calm her down. Good luck!

Post # 4
1185 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

sounds like a typical growth spurt if nursing is a soother and occuring frequently.


also, my son was early and its hard to know if they are following a growth spurt based on their adjusted age or not. But my son was 6 weeks early so its a lot bigger difference. 


have you heard of cluster feeding? if shes super fussy at night and wanting to nurse that sounds like shes trying to cluster feed. if it were colic she would be fussy way more often. its also common to have a “witching hour” at night where babies are just kinda crabby.

Post # 5
8818 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m going to say growth spurt.  My DD did it for a couple days around 4 weeks too. After a couple days she stopped and went back to being happy.  Rough couple days but it’s over with quick.

Post # 6
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

awakemysoul:  I don’t really believe in colic so I vote growth spurt. Or maybe the start of her witching hour(s). If a growth spurt it will be over in a few days! Witching hour will last a few weeks. My baby’s fussiness at night started around 4 weeks and now at almost 9 weeks is pretty much non existent. The 5 “S’s” were a life saver for getting her to calm down and fall asleep quickly during those fussy times. I just read moms on call and they recommend tummy time or play time during that time even of they cry to get some of baby’s energy out. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it works. Personally I don’t think it would have worked for us but I didnt really like the style used throughout the book, at least not for a baby under 3 months.

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