Everything New Parents Need To Know About Colief Drops

Everything New Parents Need To Know About Colief Drops

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There are few things more unsettling for a new parent than a baby with colic. Seeing your precious, healthy little one crying inconsolably is distressing enough, but it’s made worse by the fact that they can’t tell you what’s wrong.

Colic has many causes, one of which is a temporary lactose intolerance. Lactase is a naturally occurring enzyme that helps to digest milk, and if your baby can't produce enough they may develop an intolerance. So it might come as no surprise that if babies can’t digest the lactose that naturally occurs in breast milk and baby formula, it can leave them uncomfortable. That’s where Colief Infant Drops come in.

You should always speak to a healthcare professional if you have any concerns about your baby’s health. But if they have colic, trialling Colief drops for a week could help diagnose if temporary lactose intolerance is the issue.

Contents

What Do Colief Drops Do?
How Often Do You Give Colief?
How Quickly Will Colief Work?
How to Use Colief with Formula
How to Give Colief Drops When Breastfeeding

What Do Colief Drops Do?

In short, Colief Infant Drops allow your baby to digest breast milk or formula more easily, reducing symptoms of colic.

To understand exactly how it works, we need to talk science for a moment. Breast milk, baby formula, milk and other dairy products all contain a complex sugar called lactose.

The human digestive system contains an enzyme called lactase that breaks lactose down into simple sugars called glucose and galactose. But sometimes babies don’t have enough of this enzyme for the first few months of their life.

Adding Colief colic drops to your baby’s milk replaces the lactase that might be temporarily deficient in your little one’s digestive system, allowing them to comfortably digest the milk or formula.

Colief is completely safe and isn’t a medication. Whether you breastfeed or feed your baby with infant formula, read the leaflet carefully before using Colief to make sure you get the dosage right.

How Often Do You Give Colief?

Colief drops can be used every time you feed your baby, regardless of whether you breastfeed or use formula.

They can be used from birth until they’re no longer needed, which is typically when your baby is 3-4 months old. The symptoms of colic will probably have disappeared as it’s around this age that babies are better able to digest lactose.

You can then gradually stop using the drops. To do this you halve the number of drops given with each feed, then give them with alternate feeds and finally with one feed each day before stopping altogether.

But if you find the colic symptoms come back when you’re withdrawing the drops, you can continue to give your little one Colief for as long as needed.

How Quickly Will Colief Work?

Colief Infant Drops take 30 minutes to work, so your baby’s feed needs to be prepared slightly in advance. In that 30 minutes Colief reduces the amount of lactose in the milk you feed your baby by breaking it down into glucose and galactose.

Your baby consumes less lactose so their discomfort should be reduced and this means they’ll cry less.

How to Use Colief with Formula

Using Colief colic drops with formula milk is easy — you just need to plan ahead to give it time to work:

  1. Make up the formula as per the instructions on the pack
  2. Mix 4 drops of Colief into the warm formula
  3. Leave for 30 minutes, shaking every so often
  4. Make sure the formula is at the correct temperature and then feed your baby as normal
  5. Throw away any leftover formula

To prepare formula in advance, follow the steps above but only add 2 drops of Colief. Then you can keep the prepared formula in the fridge for 4-12 hours (the reduced amount of Colief needs at least 4 hours to get to work).

With ready-made formula, you just need to gently warm it before adding 4 drops of Colief. Then follow the remaining steps above.

Colief also works with goat milk-based formulas, as goats’ milk also contains lactose. But if your baby has a soy-based or lactose-free formula, Colief will have no effect as these formulas don’t contain lactose.

How to Give Colief Drops When Breastfeeding

If your little one is breastfed, the Colief drops should be mixed into a small amount of expressed milk before breastfeeding begins.

  1. Start by expressing a few tablespoons of milk into a sterilised container
  2. Mix in 4 drops of Colief
  3. Use a sterilised spoon to feed this to your baby
  4. Then breastfeed as you would normally

Buy Colief Drops to Help Relieve Your Baby’s Colic Symptoms

Being a new parent is both amazing and challenging, but raising a colicky baby is that bit tougher. Stock up on Colief Infant Drops to help relieve your baby’s discomfort and make life a little easier.

While you’re shopping for your little one, do you need to stock up on nappies? If so, our guide to picking the right nappy for your baby might come in handy.

And although it may be a little while off, why not check out our tips and tricks for weaning your baby?