Gp has this morning confirmed dd has bad colic at 18 weeks . Feeding her is becoming increasingly difficult.
Her feeds are reducing to 4 bottles of only 2-4ozs. She's not gaining as much weight as needed and suffers terribly with pains wind, crying etc. She is dropping centiles!
She is very developed. GP noted this as she can sit up, on her own. She does reach for our food and has almost eaten one of her brothers sandwiches but I stopped her. I have given her cold carrots, celery etc to chew to help her teeth and she loves it.
I know the guidelines say not to until 26 weeks. Her brother had terrible colic and I weaned him at 4 months. His colic went and he loved his food.
Crying at night was an issue with DD; DS slept through nearly every night for the first 6 months.
Neither of them comfort fed. DS actually had to be tube fed for the first month because he wouldn't feed at all, and force fed from a bottle for another 7 months. He didn't take a bottle willingly till he was 8 months. He'd spit out the teat, spit out the milk, cry and wriggle and generally fight us. It got to the stage where he cried at the sight of a bottle.
Every baby is different!
Crying can actually cause wind so your cause and effect may be backwards there.
I'm not saying it's definitely reflux but from everything I've read (and I've read far more than I've wanted to about reflux in the last 3 years!) it's a lot more common than you'd think.
As a simple test, I'd probably try thickening her feed with Cow & Gate Carobel, which should make an immediate difference if it is reflux. It's cheap, easy to use, and available over the counter. It's not always enough to make a refluxer comfortable but we found that even DS was happier to take a thickened feed (he also liked his formula piping hot rather than warm, but that's another story!).