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Colief - any one else start using it as late as 9 months?

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10000Fireflies Fri 12-Apr-13 00:30:51

Has anyone started using Colief in an older baby, rather than during the classic colic months of 0-3 months? I have just started DS on it. He is now 9 months, has taken pretty well to solids, but it does seem to have upset his digestion fairly significantly. He became increasingly wriggly and difficult to change, bathe and then get to sleep, and then wouldn't stay asleep. The sleeping got worse, and after a very bad week I consulted a pharmacist while waiting for docs appt. I suggested it was trapped wind. Pharmacist suggested continuing with colic drops (use Boots own brand which has Sodium Bicarb as active ingredient. None of others seemed to do anything), with the aim of getting as much wind up during the day as possible, plus using Colief.

Results have been dramatic - he's become placid and relaxed and easy to bath, change and get to sleep now, and easier to resettle at night, and when I've forgotton to use Colief he has been in a dreadful state again.

Anyone else had similar experiences? I am pretty disappointed Doc had nothing helpful to tell me, though did get a referral to paediatrician. DS looks well and is full of beans despite it all, so I am not sure if Doc really believed me.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 12-Apr-13 22:36:43

Dreadful sleep at 9 months does sound normal, they have a sleep regression around then but what you are describing could be a food intolerance. I'd go back to the GP and ask for doe allergy testing. Is there someone you could take with you for support?

Has Lo ever been checked for tongue tie too?

10000Fireflies Sat 13-Apr-13 13:21:24

Hi Jilted. Thanks for posting. It's defo not sleep regression... we've done that bit!! smile This is defo a different issue. I can't help thinking(ie hoping) it's as a result of a mild tummy bug - apparently they can get lactose intolerance after one, but the doc said I would have known if he'd had one. I'm not so sure - I've been studying pics of nappies (yum) to try and work out if his have ever been normal since weaning.

The tongue tie link is v interesting. I will print it out and take along to the paediatrician apt along with pics of his nappies and a food diary. grin

He's such a happy little chap I'm constantly being made to feel like a Munchausen's Mummy. He certainly is thriving, but what's going on is not right, not healthy for me or him, and without it I think he would thrive more. Grrr. Even when he was being nebulised when he could barely breath complications from tonsillitis he was still smiling, giggling and flirting with the paramedics.

Excuse stream of consciousness.... If anyone out there is listening that is. Going a bit mad with not enough sleep!!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 13-Apr-13 13:37:00

There is some information on the 9 month sleep regression here and what is normal in infant sleep here.

Glad that you have got a Paed appointment. In my tired state last night I read it as you didn't get one. I think its important to get him allergy tested and if you think tt might be an issue here, look for upper lip tie too. My DS was very similar to how you describe and for us it was the tt and upper lip tie causing the issues. The milk matters website do diagnosis or you could contact a local BFC, try your local la Leche league.

10000Fireflies Sat 13-Apr-13 15:23:23

Hi again Jilted. Thanks v much for the info. It's very helpful. I've done some reading of the links and had a quick chat with someone from La Leche - so much as DS will allow at the moment!! I'll keep pursuing it until sorted. It's amazing how much input we have to put into these issues ourselves (not that I mind - it's just I wonder what the NHS is up to these days!!) FF xx

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 14-Apr-13 22:28:12

Just hope you get it resolved soon smile

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