The only means that your baby has to communicate with the world is by crying. This is the only way he has to tell you that he is hungry, tired, wet, lonely or sick. This is frustrating not only to you, but to your baby too. Between the ages of two and six weeks, a child may cry for two to four hours a day. You may find these crying spells happening the most in the early evening. By the time your baby is three months old, these crying spells will begin to diminish. Mothers and fathers soon learn to recognize which cries are associated with hunger, sleepiness, or discomfort. So in the beginning do not fret if you can't seem to satisfy your little one. In no time at all you will be a pro at answering to your baby's calls.
If your baby has colic, the crying pattern is different. When a colicky has an irritable episode, it may last for several hours and may occur at any time of the day or night. It is estimated that 1 in 5 babies has crying spells severe enough to be labeled colic. Colic crying will differ from ordinary crying in that the baby will seem inconsolable. The baby will draw his knees up, clench his fists and sometimes pass gas by rectum. A colicky baby will seem inconsolable; crying will turn to screaming, for hours on end. Despite the apparent discomfort that your baby is experiencing, colicky babies seem to thrive just as well as others.