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July 1971

Colic in Low Birth Weight Infants

Author Affiliations

San Francisco
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.

Am J Dis Child. 1971;122(1):25-27. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1971.02110010061008

Colic occurs in 11.4% of low birth weight infants. The usual onset is within two weeks of the expected birth date, regardless of gestational age at birth. Birth order does not play a role in the distribution of colic. White low birth weight infants are more likely to develop colic than Negro low birth weight infants. Although colic may persist for several months, the infants are generally healthy and develop normally.