A diary for colic shows the baby's daily activities and the amount of time spent in each one. The diary should include:
- Crying and fussing periods. Who was present when the baby was crying? What comfort measures were used? Was the baby being held when the crying began?
- Sleeping periods. Was the baby sleeping alone or in the caregiver's arms?
- Awake times. Was the baby alone and happy or being held? Were bathing, changing, or other activities taking place?
- Feeding times. How much formula was taken? How long did the baby breastfeed? What position was the baby in during feeding? How was the baby burped? Did the baby spit up or vomit after a feeding? If you are breastfeeding, the health professional will want a record of your diet during this period of time.
- Stool pattern. What is the amount, color, consistency, and odor of the baby's stools?
- Number of wet diapers. What is the color, estimated amount (small, moderate, or large), and odor of the baby's urine?
- Weight. When during the day was the baby weighed? Did the baby have the same amount of clothing on each time he or she was weighed?
Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine