Along with hunger and teething, colic is one of the most common
causes of crying in a baby. An infant suffering from colic will
cry immediately after a feed. This may be due to one of the following;
over-feeding, a large amount of air being introduced to the stomach
or Lactose intolerance.
Babies swallow air for one of two reasons. The bottle teat hole
is too small or too large. When it is too small, the baby sucks
with considerable effort for little return and manages to gobble
air from around the teat. If it is too large, the baby can be
somewhat overwhelmed by the flow of milk and so stops sucking
and just lets it flow back along with large amounts of air. The
air fills the child before the feed is complete and so causes
the baby great discomfort.
In breast fed babies colic may arise due to a reaction by the
baby to something the mother has eaten - e.g. dairy products or
Milk and infant formulas contain a sugar called Lactose. Lactase
is an enzyme our bodies produce to break down lactose into glucose
and galactose, so that we can digest it. A condition called lactose
intolerance occurs when the body produces insufficient levels
of Lactase to deal with the sugar, lactose. This can result in
unpleasant symptoms such as bloating, cramps, wind and in some
cases, diarrhoea. Your baby may also experience temporary lactose
intolerance after suffering from gastro-enteritis.
Infant Colic Symptoms checklist:
* Persistent forceful crying
* Flatulence (wind)
* Abdominal distension
* Unsettled and irritable after feeding.
Remember a crying child may be suffering more than colic.
If you "burp" the baby after a feed, this acts as a good first
step to removing wind if it is caused by the introduction of air
at the time of feeding. If the screaming tends to stop when you
pick up your baby, the problem is probably not colic, but may
be loneliness, cold, or a wet nappy. With colic, the crying will
not stop. Investigate other symptoms such as teething, nappy rash,
and hunger. Diarrhoea present also may indicate that there is
too much sugar in the feed. If the child has other symptoms such
as fever or rash call into your local pharmacist or your GP.
Changing the size of the hole in the teat, larger or smaller,
may eliminate colic. When feeding does the child suck with effort
if so then the teat may be too small or does the baby tend to
give up in the middle of a feed and just swallow if so the teat
is too large.
In the case where the baby has a lactose intolerance, COLIEF
is a safe, natural product, which contains lactase enzyme as its
active ingredient. When added to the baby's formula Colief helps
to avoid or prevent the symptoms of lactose intolerance as it
breaks down the lactose into glucose and galactose.
COLIEF may be used from birth onwards. When feeding
a baby with infant formula - make up the baby's bottle as normal.
Let the bottle cool to body temperature (warm not hot). Add 2
drops of COLIEF, shake the bottle gently and refrigerate
for approx. 4 hours, to allow the lactase enzyme to act on the
milk before it is fed to the baby. Reheat the bottle and use as
MILUPA FENNEL drink is an herbal antispasmodic,
which can be fed to baby from 3 months upwards. It acts by reducing
spasm in the baby's digestive system thus relieving cramps.