Colief® Infant Drops is the original lactase enzyme and has been on the market for 20 years. Trusted by mums and recommended by healthcare professionals Colief® Infant Drops is the number one prescribed colic remedy in the U.K. and the only product supported by clinical evidence. Colief® Infant Drops is formulated to provide reassuring relief for the symptoms of colic caused by temporary sensitivity to lactose. Colief® contains lactase, an enzyme naturally occurring in our bodies that helps break down complex sugar lactose found in milk, dairy products, breast milk and infant formulas.
The immature digestive system of babies can have trouble breaking down lactose into more simple sugars causing discomfort commonly known as colic and characterised by lengthy periods of distressed crying in an infant aged under four months. Colief® Infant Drops can help the body break down the lactose into simpler sugars, glucose and galactose, making it easier for your baby to digest their feeds.
The drops can be used every time you feed your baby. At around three to four months old a baby’s digestive system will naturally cope better with lactose and usually symptoms will disappear. However, if symptoms persist you can continue to use Colief® Infant Drops. Colief® contains an enzyme which is destroyed by heat so for best results use Colief® between room temperature and body-heat, which is neither too hot nor too cold. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when making-up formula milk.
If your baby’s crying persists or if you have any concerns regarding your baby’s health or wellbeing, you should seek professional medical advice without delay.
Colief® Clinical Evidence
Initial hospital trials in Cork showed that the product had a pronounced effect on babies with a temporary sensitivity to lactose. The trial was small but the results were significant and were published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics in September 1998. They showed that by breaking down most of the lactose in a baby’s feed by adding lactase enzyme drops to the milk a number of hours before feeding, the hours of crying were significantly reduced. These results were confirmed by a subsequent, larger trial at Guys Hospital in London, published in October 2001.
Colief® as a Diagnostic
As any parent with a distressed, crying baby knows, colic affects a whole household, and can be very frustrating and upsetting for parents. Colic is defined as repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying in a newborn baby which otherwise appears to be perfectly healthy. The condition can affect up to one in five babies.
Research has found that a temporary sensitivity to lactose is an important factor for many babies with colic. A lack of lactase enzyme in the small intestine results in a baby’s inability to fully digest the milk-sugar lactose. The undigested lactose is then broken down in the bowel, producing lactic acid and hydrogen gas. This leads to discomfort, bloating and wind.
A one-week trial of Colief® Infant Drops can help a parent identify if a temporary sensitivity to lactose is the cause of their baby’s colic symptoms. If the baby shows no signs of improvement after a week, it can be ruled out as the cause and other possible causes can then be investigated. Temporary lactose sensitivity does not put a baby’s health at risk and will normally resolve itself around four months.