My Baby’s Suffering from Wind!

By |July 11th, 2018|

WARNING: This article may annoy you if your baby ‘definitely had bad wind’ and burping him was apparently essential for him/her to settle. If so, you can stop reading here!

But I have to follow the science, my experience and insight.


When babies get upset or stressed for whatever reason, they get tense and draw their knees up to their chest; they arch and strain. And push out the bowel gas. “Ohhh!” say his parents “he’s suffering from wind!”

It’s a good day if I get through to lunchtime and nobody has mentioned ‘wind’. It seems to be the ‘go-to’ diagnosis whenever […]

Christmas Colic Time Is Here!

By |December 5th, 2015|

OOh no, Christmas is coming! Too much food and drink,  Jingle Bells,  presents under the tree.  And lots of unsettled, howling babies. Most babies loath Christmas. Too many turkeys (like old dear Uncle Tom), parties, noise and excitement with mother’s attention sadly diverted towards feeding everyone and what to buy Auntie Susan.

New babies have emerged from a calm, dark womb where on a particularly interesting day, they will see the umbilical cord floating past. To a foetus that’s a big day!

At birth they are suddenly ejected into a busy world of lights, faces, and strange objects; of sounds and noise; […]

Swaddling: Mostly Pros, Few Cons.

By |September 7th, 2013|

 Many thanks for looking after our baby Hayden in Hospital and he will be seeing you again around 6 weeks. A question about swaddling, Hayden really likes to be swaddled, he will be 1 month old tomorrow. How long should we continue to swaddle him? I have read about some concerns after 1 month with interfering with mobility and development? What is your advice?

D  Done properly, swaddling is a useful and safe practice for young babies. It quite definitely helps to calm them and improves their sleeping pattern for a couple of reasons:

  •  The swaddled position […]

Is it Reflux?… or Not.

By |August 24th, 2013|

Hi Dr Chilton,
My 8 week old daughter is very unsettled and I believe she has reflux. I also have a 2yo and 4yo so know that all babies cry and they are all different. After a number of weeks of closely observing my baby (who is in the bed with me at night) I am sure she is in pain after feeds and being woken up by pain. My GP is very supportive and we have started her on Losec. I saw our paediatrician today (who I will never see again) and he said she has reflux (based on crusty […]

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