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pablopatito Tue 16-Aug-05 12:16:04

When DS was born he had very bad wind and farted all the time, his stomach rumbled occasionaly and he looked in a lot of pain during feeding. We started giving him Infacol and used BFree anti-colic bottles. This seemed to cure him of wind and after a few weeks we stopped giving him Infacol. Within a few days of stopping his wind started up again and he was miserable. We started giving him Infacol again and his wind went away.

We've tried to stop the Infacol on 4 occasions now (he is 3.5 months old) and everytime his wind problems started after a day or two.

I've spoken to our GP and our HV on several occasions and neither of them seem concerned, they just tell us to keep giving him Infacol.

I'm very concerned that we've been giving our baby Infacol since he was 2 weeks old and he doesn't appear comfortable without it. Any similar experiences or advice would be most appreciated.


Bouj Tue 16-Aug-05 12:22:25

Exactly the same thing with my ds!! Was paranoid that he needed infacol before each feed, and was really worried that gp and hv weren't concerned. To cut a long story short (ds is almost 2 1/2) it stopped without drama. Infact I remember getting him used to using spoons before weaning by putting infacol on the spoon! Just think yourself lucky that it works, met loads of people who said it did nothing. Don't worry about it, and try to get it on sale (cost us a fortune in the end!) best of luck xx

evesmama Tue 16-Aug-05 12:25:31

i understand its concerning that he still needs it, but theres nothing harmful in it, so wont hurt him to keep taking it..however, could you get a second opinion on his wind and maybe someone could find a reason for it as opposed to just giving the infacol cos it works??. hope you get sorted.

Frizbe Tue 16-Aug-05 12:27:11

dd was the same, an infacol baby from about 7 weeks, for a good few months, like you say stop it for a few days, but when the wind kicks in start it again.....they eventually grow out of it....

expatinscotland Tue 16-Aug-05 12:30:36

DD used infacol until she starting eating solids and got a little more mobile. Being able to move her arms and legs on her own seemed to help her wind a lot.

dillydally Tue 16-Aug-05 12:34:12

Hurrah for infacol
Used it for several months and saved me much heartache.

moozoboozo Tue 16-Aug-05 12:38:52

Infacol didn't work for us, abut we tried Colief, which was infinitely more expensive. However, I was willing to pay thousands if it meant that DS would stop that earsplittind infernal screaming

moozoboozo Tue 16-Aug-05 12:39:58

And DS isnt nearly so windy now he sits up and eats solids etc

Littlefish Tue 16-Aug-05 13:00:11

We ended up having to use Infacol until dd was about 5 months because without it she used to cry for about 3 hours every night. After we had had about a week of her settling at night a bit quicker than usual, I stopped for a couple of days and then never went back.

If it works for you, and your ds is more comfortable, then I would just keep going. I've never heard of anyone yet taking it in their school lunchbox, so they must all give it up at some point .

Cosmo74 Tue 16-Aug-05 14:02:39

Sorry to hijack ths tread but I have a 14 day old daughter and she has been on infacol for about a week now but I do not know if it is working she still screams every evening for anything up to 5 hours - we increased to 2 drops before each feed and also give cooled boiled water but she still screams and still has trouble getting her wind up with feeds she does fart alot though is this the same as burping.?? Any other ideas to try to settle her??

What is colief? Can you get it in Ireland?

I used infacol with DS who is now 5 and it worked wonders like the others said he was on it for about 5/6 months until he started eating solids and moving around more.

Good luck - I know what you mean about the screaming it is very distressing I just hope my DD calms down too.

pablopatito Tue 16-Aug-05 14:03:40

Thanks everyone, I feel very reassured by your experiences.

pablopatito Tue 16-Aug-05 14:06:23

Cosmo74, don't know if you're bottlefeeding or not but by far the biggest thing that helped with DS's wind was switching to BFree bottles which we got from Boots - the difference was simply amazing.

mogwai Tue 16-Aug-05 16:13:02

colief is about £10 a bottle. It didn't help us at all, and the bfree bottles just confused baby as had different teats - she wouldn't feed properly with them. We found good old fashioned gripe water much better, also tried infacol, not as good as gripe water!

Cosmo74 Tue 16-Aug-05 16:52:02

thanks for the advice - i am bottle feeding and did buy 2 b free bottles am using them along with some mothercare and advent bottles with medium flow teats - as hubby is at work and i am here all day with dd and ds i need to have the bottles all made up for the day as i sometimes do not get the chance to make them - do you only use b free bottles - maybe that is were i am going wrong - today Eimear did get alot of wind up with her feeds but has now started to cry and I know this will go on until about 10 or 11 tonite.

better go now

pablopatito Wed 17-Aug-05 09:08:39

Yes, we only use BFree bottles - we have ten of them! We had to go to 4 different Boots stores as they only seem to stock a couple at each store. Though you can buy them online from the manufacturer.

Another thing that seemed to help when DS was very little was carrying him around in a sling for a while after he ate - our thinking was that keeping him upright might help with his digestion/wind.

Cosmo74 Wed 17-Aug-05 12:15:20


I have started for last night to only use b free, Hubby is away today to buy another 4 as i only had 2 I too find that after her feed she like to lie upright on my chest with her face into me - think this helps with the wind too - as the farts be flying out of her.....last night she only cried for about and hour and half and this morning she settled really quickly after her feed and is now sleeping in her carry tot and is not due a feed until 1/2:30pm so I can spend some time with DS and get a bit of housework done.

Thanks again for the advice.

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