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My baby is very cross at night… could this be colic?

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
Baby won't settle at night
Baby won't settle at night

Dear Karen

My six-week-old baby is very cross at night. Could this be colic?

KAREN SAYS: Colic is where there are repeated bouts of excessive crying in a baby who is healthy; a baby crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for at least three weeks. Colic usually goes away by the age of four months.

In babies with severe colic, the crying may go on for hours during the day (and/or night). But colic babies with colic are fine between bouts; they feed well, grow well and do not show other signs of illness.

A colic baby will have spells when they are fine in between bouts of crying. So if your baby is settled for most of the day and putting on weight and is otherwise well, it probably is colic. Go to your GP if you have further concerns.

Dear Karen

My husband (42) had a health check at work and his cholesterol level is high. What can we do?

KAREN SAYS: Cholesterol is a fat in your blood. If there is too much, it sticks to an artery, forming atheroma or plaque. Some tips:

* Get to a healthy weight - being overweight means the heart must work harder to pump blood around the body.

Be active daily.

Eat oily fish twice a week and more fruit and veg. Eat more wholegrain cereals, breads, pasta and rice and lean meats. Trim off fat and skin off chicken. Drain oil from cooked food.

Choose low-fat dairy spreads made from sunflower or olive oil.

Cut out sweets, biscuits, cake. l Grill or bake, instead of frying.

Drink less alcohol, learn to relax, don’t smoke.