Crying Baby? Help With Colic


What Is Colic

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 new-born baby who otherwise appears to be perfectly healthy. The condition can affect up to one in five babies, so you’re not alone.

Infant colic can have many causes. In some cases, it is believed to be caused by temporary lactose intolerance. This is because, in the first months of life, some babies are unable to fully break down lactose, a complex sugar in breast and formula milk. It can produce wind, bloating and cause discomfort, and one of the main symptoms is inconsolable crying. 

If you suspect your baby has colic it can help to keep a cry-diary and speak to your health visitor. You could also try a 1-week trial of Colief Infant Drops to help diagnose whether temporary lactose intolerance could be the cause of the colic symptoms. For many babies, Colief Infant Drops can help ease the symptoms of colic by breaking down the lactose in your baby’s usual milk, making it easier to digest. The result is less discomfort and fewer tears. Simply add a few drops of Colief to the milk each time you breastfeed or use infant formula.

Symptoms Of Colic

3+ hours of crying

Drawing up of the knees

Arched back

Flushed cheeks


Could It Be Something Else?

Other conditions can cause excessive crying, such as constipation and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD). If your baby has other symptoms, such as blood in the stools and vomiting, speak to your GP.

Top Tips For Dealing With Colic

1. Although it is distressing, the most important thing to remember if your baby is affected by colic is to remain calm.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Try a one-week trial of Colief Infant Drops to help diagnose whether sensitivity to lactose could be the problem.

Help Ease Colic Symptoms With Colief

Trusted by mums and recommended by healthcare professionals, Colief Infant Drops is the original lactase enzyme and has been on the market for over 20 years. The immature digestive system of babies can have trouble fully breaking down lactose causing discomfort commonly known as colic and characterised by lengthy periods of distressed crying.

Colief Infant Drops are completely natural and help break down 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, either in expressed breast milk or infant formula. 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 for as long as it is needed. 

Helpful Videos

To find out how to relieve colic, treat the symptoms and watch expert videos from
independent health visitor, Dawn Kelly, see below.

Latest News

After being tested by 100 parents and an expert panel from a broad range of areas relating to parenting & child, product design and healthcare the National Parenting Product Awards revealed the results of the 2019 Awards.

Colief Infant Drops has won silver in the National Parenting Product Awards in the category of Preferred Baby Treatment for Relief of Colic.

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