“After feedings, my baby pulls his legs up and cries.”
“My baby is quiet and doesn’t cry much.”
“My baby is alert for brief periods of 10 – 20 minutes at a time.”
Number 2 is correct.
Rationale: Signs of colic include pulling the legs up and crying after feedings. To determine if this condition needs further investigation, a diary of symptoms should be compiled by the mother and reviewed by the nurse. A baby who looks yellow may be experiencing hyperbilirubinemia. During their first 3 months of life, babies can cry up to 2 hours per day. A quiet child may be experiencing hypothyroidism. Being alert for brief periods of 10 – 20 minutes at a time is expected of normal babies at 2 weeks of age.