Baby Colic Questionnaire


Baby colic is a common condition (1 in 4 babies) with a lack of effective treatment. A growing body of evidence points to the role of the infant’s gut with low-grade inflammation and altered gut microbiota found in most colicky babies.

Pre and postnatal factors such as mode of birth, feeding type, gender or order in the family do not seem to influence the onset of colic. Hence, colic is typically characterised by the intensity and frequency of fussy/crying episodes and other clues related to the baby’s behavior.

Please score your baby’s signs and symptoms on a scale of 1-3:

  1. My baby occasionally experiences this.
  2. My baby experiences this on a daily basis but we can manage.
  3. My baby experiences this on a daily basis and I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
1. The crying/fussiness in the first weeks after birth was
2. My baby cries for several hours at a time or several hours a day, typically worsening in the evenings
3. My baby pulls the legs in close to the body, arches the back and stiffens up the body
4. The crying/fussiness tends to be inconsolable/excessive
5. My baby gets windy/bloated and often strains to the point of flushing
6. My baby looks in pain and there is little I can do to calm him/her down
7. I suspect my baby reacts to dairy in breastmilk/formula and/or ‘gassy foods’ like onions, garlic, cabbage (if breastfeeding)
8. My baby has difficulty passing stools daily and/or has large amounts of dirty nappies
9. My baby has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
10. My baby is unusually clingy, all he/she wants is staying in my arms/close to me
11. My baby’s neck, arms or legs are stiff (with or without crying/fussing) or lack movement
12. My baby gets really upset when lying down