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New way to understand colic

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TYLER (KYTX) -Parents are known for trying to do everything right for their children, so it can be frustrating dealing with an inconsolable baby. Health experts want parents to know that colic, or constant crying, does not mean bad parenting.

New information is out to help parents better understand colic. it's called the "PURPLE period of crying." It's a new way to give parents a better idea of what their babies are going through during this very difficult phase.

"What's wrong? You're fine."

Cruz Jordan is about to be two years old.

This time, he's just crying because he wants his sippy cup.

"What do you think?" asked his mom, Cara. "You want this?"

She hands him his sippy cup- a quick fix to end the tears.

But, she remembers when Cruz was two months old, and the crying would sometimes last for hours, for no apparent reason.

"I just didn't know how to fix it." she said. 

As a first-time mom, she says that was terribly frustrating.

"Very much so. Lots of rocking, lots of singing, lots of consoling and hugging. It was a little difficult."

Trinity Clinic Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Catherine Giordano says the Jordan family isn't alone. In fact, she says most babies will get colic.

"Usually what happens is, a parent brings a baby home from the hospital, they're fine, they don't seem to cry a whole lot for the first few weeks. And then, boom." she says. "The crying starts to happen somewhere between two and four weeks a lot more frequently."

And, she says that's completely normal.

Those with the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome want parents to think about colic as the "PURPLE period of crying"- with purple being an acronym for important information on crying.

For example the 'L' stands for long-lasting, meaning crying can go on for five hours per day or more.

"I think the guidelines can be helpful for parents just to reassure them that, 'hey look,' this is a normal thing that happens to children. And so, it gives them sort of an acronym to remember, what is the normal? what can they expect from their child?"

Giordano says the peak crying period is six weeks old. As babies mature and their brains develop, she says they'll eventually grow out of their fussy periods.

Cruz did, and his mom says today he's a much happier and enjoyable child.

Giordano says it's time to take your child to the doctor if your baby's crying is getting in the way of feeding and sleeping or if they seem to be sick with fever or congestion.

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