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Mojo030473 Mon 08-Aug-05 12:59:59

My dd was born on 7th June and I have been giving her Colief (4 drops every feed) since she was just over a week old as she was suffering from colic and infacol wasn't helping. She is now nearly 9 weeks, and I want to get her off it primarily coz I'm worried about giving my child the lactase enzyme (which is what Colief is) constantly at such a young age in case it affects her ability to break down lactose herself i.e. have a lactose intolerance So I have 2 questions:
1. Does anyone have similar concerns about Colief?
2. Does anyone have any tips about the best way to stop administering Colief - just stop giving it, or wean them off it slowly?

KiwiKate Tue 09-Aug-05 08:59:54

Not sure about Colief - but we found that Woodwards Gripe Water was the BEST thing for colic (if yours still has colic). It is gentle and natural (and cheap!)

Good luck

welshmum Tue 09-Aug-05 09:02:22

Hi mojo our ds had colief for about 3 weeks (from 7 weeks until he was about 10 weeks old). We just did cold turkey with taking him off it and it was fine. Good luck

charleypops Tue 09-Aug-05 12:00:27

How do you adminster Gripe water? My baby hates it, but as I've heard good things about it, I'm willing to try again. I doubt if he'd take it from a spoon. Last time I squirted it in his mouth with a syringe but he spat it all back out again and screamed (which defeated the object somewhat). 5 mls seems like a lot to get in him to me.

Anyway, bump for you Mojo

KiwiKate Tue 09-Aug-05 12:05:08

How old is your child? We did not start off with 5mls. Probably started off with 2mls when he was 6 weeks old.

Our DS was happy to take it from a spoon (or syringe). He objected violently at first, but after about three doses he seemed to realise that it helped, and would open his mouth for a spoon.

What else does does your child drink? If your child has milk or juice, you can add it to that. Otherwise, if yours spits it out, just try again (and hope that some goes down, and don't worry if some comes back out)

Good luck

charleypops Tue 09-Aug-05 12:11:20

He's 7 weeks tomorrow, so I'll try giving him less, and in a bit of milk. When (in relation to a feed) do you think it's best to give it to him - before, after, during?

welshmum Tue 09-Aug-05 16:08:33

Charley I used to give it to ds at the beginning of the feed - but I know others give it half way through or at the end - you could experiment and see what works best. I also found a bit of baby massage really good - still doing that, especially the one where you bend their legs and take them in and up - as you do when you change their nappy, that usually elicits huge farts - hope you have a better evening.

KiwiKate Wed 10-Aug-05 04:12:32

We sometimes gave gripe water even if it was not feed time. Also had the same result. Either huge fart or burp. And seemed to make him feel HEAPS better.

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