AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9 - 2009 Issue 4; VOLUMES 1 & 2 NEW/REVISED CODES

Infantile Colic

Effective October 1, 2009, code 789.7, Colic, has been created to report infantile colic. A colicky baby is a healthy, well-fed baby who cries more than three hours a day, three days a week for more than three weeks. The crying usually occurs at about the same time every day for no apparent reason and may be intense with the baby having clenched fists, and tensed abdominal muscles. The baby may be inconsolable. There is no known cause for colic. Researchers have studied possibilities such as allergies, an immature digestive system, maternal anxieties, and adjustment to the new...

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