Infantile colic: References about the causes of colic or inconsolable crying

Compiled by Gwen Dewar (last updated 12/2013) Here is a list of references about infantile colic and inconsolable crying. I cite them in my articles “What is colic? A critical review of the scientific evidence” “The causes of colic: How disease and differences in brain chemistry can explain excessive, inconsolable crying in young babies” I’ve Read More »

Probiotics for kids: A parent’s evidence-based guide

© 2009-2012 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Some medical researchers recommend probiotics for kids with acute diarrhea and for the prevention of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (Floch et al 2008). They note that probiotics may be helpful for certain other ailments, too. But before you go to the pharmacy or market, it’s important to understand that Read More »

The physiological causes of colic: How ailments and differences in brain chemistry can sometimes explain excessive, inconsolable crying

screaming infant

Colicky infants cry excessively and inconsolably. Why? There are many possible answers. Long ago, people assumed that colic was caused by abdominal pain. But the link was unproven, so many researchers have adopted definitions of colic that make no reference to causation. In fact, some have argued that colic isn’t about pain, or indeed any Read More »

Excessive infant crying & irritability: Which comes first — the unhappy baby or the stressed-out parent?

© 2009 Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Some people believe that excessive infant crying and irritability are caused by anxious or moody parents. According to this idea, young babies cry because their parents are anxious or depressed and transmit their negative emotions to their infants. Plausible? Sure. It’s clear that distress is contagious. But Read More »