Wind, Colic, Irritable, Crying Baby
There are many different theories about the cause of colic/wind and some experts deny that it even exists. The debate is of no assistance to parents, it is extraordinarily distressing and can take all the joy from the first months of parenting.
What is colic?
Most parents who have survived infant colic believe that their baby had fairly persistant stomach ache. It appears that many babies digestive system are not fully mature at birth and that the pain of colic is caused by spasmodic contractions of the intestines and/or by bubbles of gas or air which have become trapped in the intestines.
The typical colicky baby appears quite comfortable first thing in the morning and settles well but becomes less and less settled as the day progresses. Often by 5-6pm they are crying continually and this can go on for 3-6 hours until totally exhausted, they fall asleep. During this time the breast fed colicky baby will often appear to be hungry and will latch onto the breast with enthusiasm, only to pull away and cry desperately a few minutes later. They are often light or restless sleepers who need to sleep on someone and never seem to relax, either when breast feeding or sleeping.