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. The use of milk treated with Colief® Infant Drops to improve digestion is scientifically tested. 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.
Help ease colic symptoms with Colief®
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. Infant colic is a common condition, affecting up to one in five newborns and can have a number of causes.
One possible cause is the temporary inability of the baby to fully digest the lactose in milk. As a result undigested lactose passes through the baby’s digestive system and is absorbed by bacteria creating acid and gas in the process. If the baby shows no signs of improvement after a week of using Colief® or if your baby seems to be getting worse, please speak to a healthcare professional.
Milk treated with Colief® Infant Drops can be given to a baby for three to four months after which time, the baby should be able to fully digest lactose. You should then be able to gradually withdraw Colief® Infant Drops from use. If crying persists after the withdrawal of Colief® Infant Drops from use please seek further medical advice.