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 Public Health Nurse or GP.


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.
  1. 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
  • Baby massage

    Help Ease Colic Symptoms With Colief

    Trusted by mums and recommended by healthcare professionals, Colief Infant Drops is the original lactase enzyme preparation and has been on the market for over 20 years.  Colief Infant Drops contain lactase that breaks down the lactose contained in milk (breast milk and infant formula into the simple sugars, glucose and galactose. 

    The drops can be used every time you feed your baby, either in expressed breast milk or infant formula.

    Helpful Videos

    To find out more about colic and watch  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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