Colief Infant Diaries

Probiotics for Infants: What Parents need to Know

From yogurt to kombucha, probiotics have become even more popular recently. But can probiotics help provide colic relief in infants?

Babies initially develop their gut flora during their passage through the birth canal, from skin-to-skin contact with their mother and over time. Breast milk also contains natural probiotics that are passed from the mother to the infant.

More recently, the conversation has turned to adding probiotics to breast milk or baby formula. However, the research has not shown a distinct benefit and in fact, in one scientific study, research showed that at one month, the group given probiotics fussed or cried nearly 50 minutes more than the control group, who was given a placebo. **

Mom cuddling with baby

While the cause of colic isn’t fully understood, it is known that temporary lactose intolerance is the cause of many colic-associated crying cases. Temporary lactose intolerance simply means that your infant is having trouble digesting the milk (breast or formula) as their digestive system matures. If your baby’s digestive system hasn’t matured enough to produce the lactase enzyme that aids in lactose digestion, additional bacteria strains probably won’t bring much relief.

Finding solutions to soothe a colicky infant can add to the frustration. Before purchasing other colic products that only treat the symptoms once they occur, try Colief Infant Digestive Aid. This natural dietary supplement is one of the only colic products that works by treating the milk (breast or formula) before each feeding to break down the lactose in milk, making it easier for your infant to digest. You can learn more about temporary lactose intolerance and infant digestion here. Sure, colic does eventually go away on its own, but why wait three more months if you don’t need to?

**Source: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g2107

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What is Gripe Water and how does it work?

Caring for a colicky baby can be challenging to say the least. Your heart aches for your newborn who’s in distress and at the same time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and guilty that you can’t immediately soothe away their aches and pains. At this time, many parents are willing to try a number of remedies, but depending on the possible cause of your infant’s colic-associated crying, fussiness, and tummy discomfort, some solutions may be a better choice than others.

If you’ve been searching for ways to soothe your colicky infant, chances are you’ve come across the term ‘gripe water’. So what is gripe water anyway?

Mom kissing baby

Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement of sodium bicarbonate and herbs like fennel, ginger, chamomile, licorice, etc. There hasn’t been much scientific support for gripe water, but users say that the licorice, fennel and ginger help relieve the gas and tummy discomfort associated with colic. The licorice and ingredients found in gripe water attribute to its black color, and it is given directly to baby, which often isn’t an easy task.

Rather than only treating the symptoms of colic with a product like gripe water, your infant’s colic-associated crying and tummy discomfort may be the cause of temporary lactose intolerance. Plus, if temporary lactose intolerance is the cause of your infant’s colic, it’s doubtful gripe water will help. Colief Infant Digestive Aid is one of the only colic supplements that works by breaking down the lactose in milk (naturally found in breastmilk) to help ease digestion. Colief is also added directly to the breastmilk or formula before each feeding versus giving to baby directly.

Before you waste time chasing the symptoms, radically restrict mom’s own diet or switch to expensive formulas, try Colief Infant Digestive Aid to see if temporary lactose intolerance is the cause of your infant’s colic.

Colief is available at Walgreens and online.

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Baby Colic: Colic Tips for Mom

You knew that being a new mom would come with its challenges, but when the crying doesn’t stop, trying to soothe your newborn can leave you with feelings of frustration, hopelessness and even failure. When you can’t comfort your child, you can start to wonder, “Am I doing something wrong?” “Am I failing as a parent?”

These feelings are not uncommon. In fact, researchers found a link between colicky babies and depression in new mothers*, which may not be surprising to any parent who has struggled with ongoing crying from their colicky infant. Although colic only lasts for 3 to 4 months, the memory of colic is something that many parents will never forget.

It may seem like the fussing and crying will go on indefinitely, but be assured, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In the meantime, it’s also important to look out for your own wellbeing. Here are some tips for new parents during the stressful time of colic:

1. Sleep when baby sleeps. Getting your colicky baby to sleep may be a challenge on its own, but if you’re able to get your little one down to catch some zzz’s don’t spend this time cleaning up or catching up on chores. Use this time to sleep and recharge.

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2. Turn to colic support groups. Colic affects approximately one in five infants born in the United States—about one million new babies annually—so know that you’re not alone. There are other new parents going through the same colic challenges. It’s hard for others who haven’t experienced colic to understand, so there’s comfort in talking to someone that knows exactly what you’re going through. You may even find something that worked for another mom that can help soothe your colicky infant. Our Colief mom, Amy Deel found Colief Infant Digestive Aid in a chat for moms. Listen to her story here.

3. Get some alone time. It’s not healthy to listen to ear-piercing constant crying for as much as three straight hours a day, and can certainly cause emotional distress for parents. According to the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, colicky infants are at a greater risk of shaken baby syndrome and their mothers are more likely to experience postpartum depression, so getting a break is imperative**. Take advantage of moments where you can step outside and go for a walk or even treat yourself with something relaxing like a trip to the nail salon. When you do return, you’ll be mentally refreshed. And don’t forget: It will get better.

4. Ask for help. This one is really important. Don’t be afraid to ask a friend or family to watch over your little one. Often times many parents don’t want to put the burden of a colicky infant on someone else, but remember that they’re happy to help their loved one. Asking for help is not anything to be ashamed of.

If you have a colicky infant at home and are feeling overwhelmed and depressed, talk to your doctor about postpartum depression. When it feels like nobody can help, that’s depression talking— healthcare professionals really do understand what you’re going through and help is available. If you don’t feel like you can make the call to a doctor yourself, ask you partner or family member if they can arrange an appointment for you. Remember, you’re not alone.

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When It Comes to Your Colicky Baby, You’re Not Alone!

Being a new mom is wonderful, but if we’re all being honest, it can come with its challenges. Your hormones are ouColicky Baby t of whack, you’re not sleeping for more than a few hours at a time, and your wonderful-in-every-other-way newborn seems too often to be inconsolable — crying and fussing most of the time – possibly even causing you to doubt your mothering abilities. Could it be colic?

Colic symptoms are defined by the rule of 3:  Crying for 3 or more hours a day, 3 or more days a week, lasting for 3 consecutive weeks. And we’re not just talking about “I’m hungry” or “My diaper is wet” type of crying. For many, we’re talking hysterical, ear-piercing, and heartbreaking crying that can rattle even the calmest new mom. For something as common as colic – about 28% of infants go through this — finding relief for baby and mom can be a frustrating experience, to say the least. Oftentimes moms experience a range of emotions during this time, including fear, guilt and exhaustion, and it can feel like you’re the only one going through it. Making matters worse, oftentimes, pediatricians have little advice to offer on colic except that “it will pass.”

When it comes to colic, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Staying calm is key, as is seeking out the advice of other new moms who have been through it and may have some suggestions.

If you’re breastfeeding, the first advice you may hear is to eliminate dairy from your diet – not for a few days, but for several weeks, as it can take that long to see if that’s the issue. If you’re formula feeding, they may suggest switching to an expensive formula. Before you result to these major changes try Colief Infant Digestive Aid!

Colief, which is a dietary supplement containing all-natural ingredients, gets added to the baby’s usual milk — before feedings — to help ease digestion, which may help reduce colic-associated crying and fussiness and help you to enjoy even more time with your newborn. If your infant’s colic is caused by temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) Colief may help in 3 to 5 days.

To hear other moms stories and learn from them as well, check out our latest video series and see what they’re saying about Colief, too. You can also join our active community of moms on our Facebook page and share your experience. The Mommy Diaries section on our website is also home to more helpful tips for new moms.

About Colief Infant Digestive Aid:

Colief Infant Digestive Aid, a dietary supplement that contains the ingredient lactase enzyme, treats baby’s milk – either breast or formula. Also be sure to check out the results from our Colief Infant Digestive Aid “Try & Tell Challenge,” where a majority of our “challengers” noticed an improvement in their infant’s behavior after using Colief for just two days! Click here and learn more about the challenge.

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Colic Diaries: A Real Mom’s Story by Holly Klaassen of The Fussy Baby Site

by Holly Klaassen, The Fussy Baby Site 

Colic is one of those things you can’t possibly understand unless you’ve experienced it. While colic symptoms usually subside around 4 months of age, the impact it can have on the parents and family can last much longer.

I remember when my daughter had mild colic (if there is such a thing as “mild” colic). I would mention our predicament to my parents’ friends, and they would recount their own tales of dealing with colic…sometimes 20 or even 30 years earlier. The crying, the screaming, the sleeplessness, the difficulties with feeding…these aren’t things that are easily forgotten.

When we first experienced colic almost 12 years ago, I remember crying into the phone one day, telling my mom that I didn’t think I could handle it. Her response?

“You will handle it because this is your child.”

While maybe not the most compassionate reply, it has always stuck with me.

When my second child was born, we experienced colic on a whole different scale. The crying and screaming were relentless, he slept in 45-minute increments, and he alternated between desperation and refusal when it came to feeding. This was supposed to be my “easy” baby! This definitely wasn’t what I signed up for. But my mom’s words came back to me, and I reminded myself that I was my son’s only support and advocate. We plodded through those first months, living in survival mode. We went to various doctors, tried many soothing strategies and put him on medication for reflux. I also cut all dairy out of my diet, in case we were dealing with an allergy or sensitivity. Fortunately, as time went by, Sammy’s colic subsided. But getting through those first few months required much patience and fortitude.

Like many of you, we explored every possible cause for Sammy’s colic. We needed to know we had done everything possible to help him. Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to nail down a cause. But while we still don’t know exactly what causes colic, there are medical conditions that can mimic the symptoms of colic, see your doctor. If you’re wondering which possibilities to explore, keep reading!

Possible physical causes of colic-associated crying

Current research tells us that all babies, in all cultures, experience the same crying curve: crying and/or fussiness increasing around 2-3 weeks of age, peaking at 6 weeks, and generally ending between 3-4 months.

What the research doesn’t tell us is exactly why our little ones are crying. Following are four possibilities you can investigate while in the throes of colic.

Reflux (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)

Almost all newborns spit up to some degree. However, if your child spits up frequently and appears uncomfortable during and after a feeding, it’s important to talk with your doctor about your concerns.

He or she may recommend elevating the head of the crib, holding baby upright after a feeding or giving a mild reflux medicine to alleviate your baby’s discomfort.

Temporary lactose intolerance (TLI)

Even healthy infants can sometimes have trouble digesting milk (breast or formula). Temporary lactose intolerance in infants is a temporary condition in which the infant’s digestive system has a hard time processing the lactose found in breast milk or formula.

This undigested lactose in milk can produce lactic acid and gas, which may be the cause of severe discomfort, bloating and colic-associated crying in your little one.

Before turning to major lifestyle changes, such as radically restricting mom’s own diet if breastfeeding, or switching to expensive infant formulas, Colief Infant Digestive Aid has been shown to reduce crying time in colicky infants by as much as 45% when colic is caused by TLI. It’s the only product that treats the milk before symptoms occur rather than treating the symptoms after. If your infant’s colic is related to TLI, you’ll know fairly fast – in a few days at the most, so it is worth a try.

Excess gas

Many colicky babies will appear to be gassy, pulling up their legs, balling their fists, and screaming inconsolably. However, in many cases, colicky babies are actually gassy because they’re crying: as they cry, they swallow more and more air, which then builds up and needs to be released. While this excess gas doesn’t cause colic, it sure doesn’t help the situation!

If bottle feeding, make sure you stir or swirl the bottle instead of shaking to avoid causing bubbles. Ensure the nipple hole isn’t too big, which could cause your baby to suck in more air. Many parents also find flexing their baby’s legs in a ‘bicycle’ movement helps to relieve trapped gas.

There is hope and help for colic…

Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to find a fix for your infant’s colic. In those cases, it’s especially important to focus on getting support for yourself.

If you’re in the middle of colic, it may feel like things will never get better. The days (and nights!) can seem endless, and waiting even a few more weeks for relief can feel overwhelming.

Some ways to ensure you get through this time in one piece include:

• Find other parents who know what you’re going through. Look for in-person and online support groups where you can ask questions, vent and get support. Sometimes just knowing you’re not alone can be a huge help.

• Take breaks. If there was ever a time to call in the troops, it’s now! Ask friends or family members to step in, even if only for an hour at a time. This may be all you need to feel like you can tackle life again (at least for a little while!).

• Go easy on yourself. It’s easy to blame yourself when you can’t stop your infant’s crying. As parents, we think we should know exactly what’s wrong with our kids (and how to fix it). Unfortunately, colic doesn’t always work this way! Remind yourself that you’re doing the best you can, and that your baby will be ok in time.

Hang in there. You’re not alone!

If your baby’s crying persists or if you have any concerns regarding your baby’s health or wellbeing, you should seek professional medical advice without delay.

Holly Klaassen is the founder of The Fussy Baby Site, a support site for parents of fussy, colicky and high need babies. She started the site in 2007 after the birth of her extremely fussy, colicky son. She now lives just outside of Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and formerly fussy 9 year old son and 12 year old daughter.

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A Mom’s Cry for Help

Did you know the symptoms of colic often start several weeks after birth, peak at around six weeks, and typically last for about three to four months?
Amy Deel-- Colief Colic Testimonial
When new mom Amy Deel first took her newborn Julia home, she expected some rough days ahead, but when the crying didn’t stop, she wondered what could possibly be bothering her otherwise healthy, beautiful baby girl. Feeling frustrated, Amy felt like she was a failure as a mom because she wasn’t able to soothe her infant.

For the many parents trying to console an infant with colic-associated crying, this scenario sounds all too familiar. Hours of inconsolable crying, fussiness and sleepless nights create a stressful situation for both mom and baby and with little understanding of the problem it may seem like there’s no relief in sight. Even those who thought they knew about, and understood, colic often find themselves feeling frustrated and depressed. Especially when those around them say colic will just pass in a few months. A few months? That’s not good enough if colic is ruining this precious time with a new baby. The good news? There is hope!

Listen to Amy’s story about her experience with colic and, how after having no success with other colic products, she finally found relief with Colief Infant Digestive Aid. This dietary supplement has been shown to help reduce colic-associated crying time caused by the temporary problem of digesting lactose –TLI, some infants with colic.

Do you have a story about how Colief Infant Digestive Aid helped you and your infant? Submit your testimonial here. We’d love to hear from you! If you know a new mom struggling with a colicky baby, share this post – she’ll thank you for it.

About Colief Infant Digestive Aid:
Colief Infant Digestive Aid, a dietary supplement that contains the ingredient lactase enzyme, treats baby’s milk – either breast or formula –has been clinically studied and found to help reduce colic-associated crying time by up to 45% when a baby has temporary lactose intolerance (TLI).† In fact, when we conducted the Colief Infant Digestive Aid “Try & Tell Challenge,” a majority of our “challengers” noticed an improvement in their infant’s behavior after using Colief for just two days! Click here and learn more about the challenge!

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The Results Are In! Colief Infant Digestive Aid “Try & Tell Challenge”

One of the only products formulated with the lactose enzyme, Colief Infant Digestive Aid has been clinically studied and found to help reduce colic-associated Colief "Try & Tell" Challenge Resultscrying time by up to 45% when an infant has TLI¹. But the proof is in the pudding, so to speak, and we wanted to see if our Facebook community of moms would find similar results from using Colief with their infants. That’s why we created the Colief Infant Digestive Aid “Try & Tell Challenge.”

Teaming up with our Facebook moms who believed their infants were experiencing colic-associated crying from temporary lactose and tolerance (TLI), we asked them to take our non-scientific challenge of treating the baby’s milk (breast or formula) with Colief Infant Digestive Aid before each feeding. And the results are in – and they were great! After using Colief Infant Digestive Aid our moms reported positive results and experienced significant relief from colic-associated crying from TLI – and fast!

A majority of our “challengers” noticed an improvement in their infant’s behavior after using Colief for just two days! In fact, 65% reported their infant’s crying was reduced to 1 hour or less at a time, and 56% reported no excessive crying after feedings when using Colief*. Additionally, 98% of those who received a sample found Colief easy to use, and a majority would recommend it to a family member or friend*. Pretty good, right? Let’s just say we are thrilled with the results!

Do you think your infant is suffering from colic–associated crying from TLI or know a new mom who has an infant and is struggling with unexplained excessive crying? Take a look at our Colic Questionnaire to see the symptoms match up with the typical signs of a colicky baby. Want to learn more about colic, infant digestion or enter great giveaways? LIKE us on Facebook and tell a friend, too!

*Percentages are based on a small sampling of Colief users that received product during the Colief Challenge hosted on the Colief Facebook page.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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The 3 a.m. Wake Up Cry

No one is ever truly prepared to become a first time mom – most of it is wonderful beyond your wildest dreams. But there are some things no one really spoke about before your first child was born, including the 3 a.m. wake up call, or should we say, “cry.”

You’ve read all the books, talked to family and friends, did hours of research on the best products to have on hand, and you feel like you can conquer most anything your little bundle of joy throws at you. But, after repeated 3 a.m. wake-up calls filled with endless crying, you realize that all your pre-baby efforts could never prepare you for this. Gone are the hopes you had of your sweet baby sleeping soundly through the night; all you want is to console your little one so the both of you can get some much-needed rest. Make sure to have these essential items on hand – preferably on your changing table — so you can make your middle-of-the-night struggles as painless as possible:Diapers

  • Diapers – Keep them close by at all times, but especially at night. Last thing you want is to remember that your new carton is still in the trunk of your car. Always keep a stack on your changing table and a new box in the closet in an accessible place. Seems like a no-brainer, but mommy brain happens!
  • Clean Sheets – No matter what or how little your baby is, accidents happen. Spit up, Coliefexplosive diapers, throw up – those sheets will go through the ringer. Similar to your secret diaper stash, keep 2-3 extra sets of clean sheets off to the side so you’re never left without.
  • Colief Infant Digestive Aid – Sometimes you may feel like your baby is inconsolable. If her crying persists or gets worse after feeding along with discomfort and fussiness, it may be colic-associated crying resulting from temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) that happens in some infants. TLI is when a baby is temporarily unable to digest the lactose in breast milk or formula. If your infant has been crying excessively and is otherwise healthy, have Colief Infant Digestive Aid on hand to treat the milk with a lactase enzyme. Adding Colief to your baby’s usual milk (formula or breast) before each feeding may help compensate for possible TLI in your baby’s digestive system. Treat the milk and change nothing else!

Motherhood can be stressful, so don’t go at it alone! Always consult with your pediatrician and check out our Mommy Diaries for tips & tricks, Q&A from practicing pediatrician and fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Lydia Charles, M.D., and information on colic-associated crying.

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Is it “Colic” and What Do I Do?

If your otherwise healthy infant is inconsolable, especially after feedings, it might be colic.  One of the causes of colic may be temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) Did you know studies have shown that excessive crying in infants associated with TLI may be reduced by up to 45% when the baby’s milk (breast or formula) is treated as directed with Colief Infant Digestive Aid?.

But how good is your colic know-how?

Ask yourself this:

Could it be colic?

Could it be colic?

  • Can you identify the signs of colic?
  • Do you know the magic number to help you identify colic?
  • And, if your little one has been diagnosed with colic, do you know what you can do to help relieve crying infants?

Three is the magic number often used to identify colic, usually defined by the “rule of threes”: If an otherwise healthy baby is crying excessively, unusually fussy, or displays signs of discomfort for…

  • 3 or more hours a day
  • At least 3 days a week
  • For 3 weeks or more

…chances are, you may have a colicky baby. Click here to answer a few more questions if you’re still not convinced it could be colic.

If you do suspect colic, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, one-in-five infants in the U.S infants are born some form of colic,  and truth be told,  it is difficult to care for a baby with colic — even if your pediatrician keeps telling you it will pass eventually – not what you want to hear! Many of these colic cases, 40%[1], will be attributed to a , a digestive issue that results from a temporary insufficiency of the naturally-occurring lactase enzyme that the body uses to digest the lactose sugar in milk (formula or breast). But before you turn to major lifestyle changes, such as radically restricting mom’s own diet (if you’re breastfeeding) or switching to expensive infant formulas, try Colief Infant Digestive Aid to help reduce colic-associated crying time caused by temporary lactose intolerance (TLI). Treat the milk and change nothing else!

However, should TLI not be the cause of your baby’s colic, there are several other tactics you can try to help reduce excessive crying. We love the 4 S’s  to help soothe crying in babies. If you haven’t tried any of these tips yet, we suggest you do:

  1. Swaddling: Wrap up baby so arms are snug at his/her sides and legs are loose and flexed, allowing room for the hips to move.
  1. Shushing: Start out as loud as your baby’s cry mimicking the constant rumbling your baby heard for 40 weeks in the womb. Womb-like sounds, such as white-noise, have been shown to help calm babies and help them sleep better.
  1. Swinging: For colicky babies, fast and tiny swinging motions (about an inch) work best to help calm them (avoid movements from being aggressive)
  1. Sucking: Many babies will calm down when nursing or using a pacifier—however, each baby is different.

Remember, while colic and excessive crying can be frustrating and leave you with feelings of hopelessness, it does not have to control the first few months you have with your new baby. Take advantage of the resources available to help you cope—whether it is Colief Infant Digestive Aid for colic caused by TLI, or something as simple as learning the perfect swaddling technique.

Visit our testimonial section to view other real moms’ experience with colic and how Colief Infant Digestive Aid helped with their babies. Click over to our Mommy Diaries, too, for more new mom tips and tricks!  Plus, don’t forget to join our Facebook community of moms for live chats, tips and great giveaways!

The content of this website is offered only for general information purposes. The web site and content are not offered or intended as a replacement for professional advice. If your baby’s crying persists or if you have any concerns regarding your baby’s health or wellbeing, you should seek professional medical advice without delay.

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

[1] Improvement of Symptoms in Infant Colic Following reduction of Lactose Load with Lactase

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