2. (Science: paediatrics) a syndrome in early infancy characterised by episodic loud crying, apparent abdominal pain (legs drawn up and rigid abdomen) and irritability. This common condition occurs in about 1 in 10 babies and lasts from 2-3 weeks of age to 3-4 months.
factors include swallowing air during feedings, overfeeding, parental anxiety and cows milk allergy. Parents should realize that colic is a benign condition and excessive crying is not harmful to the baby.