Colic is a descriptive, subjective diagnosis : it only means that your young baby is crying excessively in the first few months of life. It is a diagnosis of exclusion : your doctor needs to exclude other potential causes for crying; colic can only be diagnosed once other causes of crying in a young baby have been excluded. Although there are theories surrounding the cause of colic, we actually don’t understand why it happens. There is also no solid medical treatment available that consistently alleviates crying in all babies with colic. One can, however, rest assured that it is a temporary phenomenon – almost all babies with colic stop crying between 3 and 4 months of age.