What are signs and symptoms of colic?
Crying associated with colic most frequently begins suddenly and is loud and continuous and usually begins after a feed. The crying can last a long time and sometimes up to four hours and typically begin in the late afternoon when parents and minders are tired! The baby’s face often gets flushed or red. The belly is sometimes distended or prominent, the legs alternating between flexed and extended straight out; the feet are often cold and the hands clenched. Colic can begin around 2 weeks of age and ought to be gone by three to four months.
Babies up to 3 to 4 months can sometimes have a deficiency of the enzyme lactase and their digestive system is unable to breakdown lactose satisfactorily into glucose and galactose. This can lead to digestive discomfort, which can be an important factor in colic.
Lactease Infant Drops work by breaking down lactose and making it more digestible, thereby easing the discomfort your baby may experience after feeding.
What can be done to help with colic?
First of all, remember you are not alone. This is a very common problem. Discuss your concern with your doctor/ medical professional and with others who you know have experienced colicky infants. Also keep in mind that colic generally occurs in big, healthy, active, vigorous babies who are great eaters and who grow very well. The baby with colic often has episodes at a very predictable (“set your clock by the beginning and end”) time of the day.
Some tips to help you:
- Do not overfeed! Try and stick to your baby’s regular feeding schedule or timing and amount of milk taken.
- Avoid foods that you think may be irritating your baby.
- Some babies seem to be soothed by rhythmic, steady movements, like rocking gently or by sounds, such as having the clothes drier within earshot. (Never leave a baby unattended)
- Wrap the baby in a comfortable blanket.
- Try and gently burp your baby often.
- Gently rub your baby’s stomach.
- Go for a walk with your baby in their pram or stroller and this will help you too!
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
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Lactease is distributed by ClonMedica, the OTC division of Clonmel Healthcare Ltd, Waterford Road, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.