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 breast-feed? 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
breast-feeding, 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
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