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What is Colic?

Infantile colic has been talked about since the 1950s and recent research highlighted that one in three Irish mothers had experienced infantile colic*

In the 1950s, Dr. Morris Wessel, a well-known New Haven paediatrician, defined an infant with colic as "one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing or crying lasting for at least three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week for a period of three weeks."

Babies up to 3 to 4 months can sometimes have a deficiency of the enzyme lactase and their digestive system is unable to breakdown lactose satisfactorily into glucose and galactose. This can lead to digestive discomfort which can be an important factor in colic.

What are the signs and symptoms of colic?

Crying associated with colic most frequently begins suddenly and is loud and continuous and usually begins after a feed.

The crying can last a long time - sometimes up to four hours and typically begins in the late afternoon when parents and minders are tired! The baby's face often gets flushed or red.

The belly is sometimes distended or prominent, the legs alternating between flexed and extended straight out; the feet are often cold and the hands clenched. Colic can begin around 2 weeks of age and ought to be gone by three to four months.

Tips for Dealing With Colic


First of all, remember you are not alone. This is a very common problem. Discuss your concern with your pharmacist and with others who you know have experienced "colicky" infants. Also keep in mind that colic generally occurs in big, healthy, active and vigorous babies who are great eaters and who grow very well. The baby with colic often has episodes at a very predictable ("set your clock by the beginning and end") time of the day.

How Lactease Works

Studies have shown Transient Lactase Deficiency to be an important cause of colic in some babies. It is believed that this is a result of babies being born with an immature digestive system, so that they do not produce sufficient quantities of the lactase enzyme to digest the lactose in their food.

Lactease is a safe and natural approach to infant colic. It is a natural enzyme that can be added to your baby's milk or formula. Lactease Infant Drops work by breaking down lactose and making it more digestible, thereby easing the discomfort your baby may experience after feeding.

Some Tips to Help You

  • Do not overfeed! Try and stick to your baby's regular feeding schedule or timing and amount of milk taken.
  • Go for a walk with your baby in their pram or stroller - this will help you too!
  • Be kind to yourself as having a baby with colic can be a stressful time for you.
  • Wrap the baby in a comfortable blanket.
  • Avoid foods that you think may irritate your baby.
  • Some babies seem to be soothed by rhythmic, steady movements, like rocking gently or by sounds, such as having the clothes drier within earshot. (Never leave a baby unattended).
  • Try and gently burp your baby often.
  • Gently rub your baby's stomach
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