Are you struggling with a colicky baby? Check out our top tips and advice below!

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Is your baby crying or fussing a lot? Life with a newborn can be a completely overwhelming and exhausting time and adding colic into the mix can be an additional hurdle to overcome on this emotional rollercoaster. Up to 1 in 5 babies can suffer from colic, which is defined as repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying in a newborn baby who otherwise appears to be perfectly healthy.

Infant colic can have many causes but it some cases it is caused by temporary lactose intolerance. This is when babies are unable to fully break down lactose, a complex sugar in breast milk and infant formula, which causes the discomfort commonly known as colic and characterised by lengthy periods of distressed crying.

If you’re little one is suffering from colic, we’ve pulled together the below top tips to help deal with the condition:

  • Although it is distressing, the most important thing to remember if your baby is affected by colic is to remain calm.
  • Introduce a soothing routine around the time of the day when your baby’s colic is usually at its worst, this is typically in the evenings. As part of this routine, you might want to try introducing baby massage, which can reduce discomfort caused by colic.
  • Keep a log of the times when your baby’s colic is at its worst – you may be able to find a pattern associated with any triggers, allowing you to understand better how to ease the symptoms.
  • Try a one-week trial of Colief® Infant Drops to help diagnose whether temporary lactose intolerance could be the cause of your baby’s colic symptoms. Colief® Infant Drops contain lactase enzymes, which break down lactose in breast and infant formula.
  • Despite the characteristic inconsolable nature of the crying, it may be possible to reduce colic symptoms by trying different soothing techniques, as some babies may respond better to some techniques than others. You may find some of the following helpful:
    • Holding the baby during crying episodes
    • Wearing baby in a sling
    • Gentle motion, such as rocking, pushing them in a pram or going for a drive
    • Background noise, such as the vacuum cleaner, hairdryer or washing machine
    • White noise
    • A warm bath

For more tips, advice and information around colic and Colief® Infant Drops, visit https://colief.com/product/colief-infant-drops-15ml/.

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