It is probable that your baby has colic. Colic is not a disease but rather a condition in which a baby cries for extended periods of time. Unfortunately the causes of colic have not yet been scientifically proven although it is almost definitely connected to indigestion, gas and acid reflux. Colic generally disappears within a few weeks or in some cases takes a couple of months. Bottle fed babies are more susceptible to colic.
Your baby could be lactose intolerant, in which you would need to purchase lactose intolerant milk. If your baby is lactose intolerant, giving him normal milk will cause gas, acid reflux and basically a lot of discomfort (which obviously results in a lot of crying!). Make sure that you burp your baby every single time you feed him. It may take a while for him to burp, but make sure that you do it.
If your baby cries more after her feed than before, it is possible that she is suffering from acid reflux. Buy a baby pouch sling and carry him around with you; this generally works for babies with colic. The pouch feels like your womb and hearing your heartbeat can help to calm them down. In addition to this is keeps them in an upright position which alleviates the discomfort caused by acid reflux.
answered by M W on Jul 17, 2008, 7:40:23