In this first Community Paediatrics newsletter, produced in 1992 by the Department of Ambulatory Paediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, infant colic and breastmilk jaundice is discussed.
Infant colic is a common and stressful problem for parents, and a major management challenge for health professionals. Although said to be self-limited in time, the ramifications of a difficult parent-infant relationship early in life may on occasion have longer consequences. However, colic remains a poorly understood condition with little actually known of its cause, treatment or sequelae.
Clinical diagnosis of breastmilk jaundice syndrome may be established by the characteristic clinical pattern of rising bilirubin concentrations beginning or continuing after the third day and continuing to rise well into the second week in an infant who feeds normally and is otherwise well.