Even healthy infants can sometimes have trouble digesting milk, whether it’s breast milk or formula. Typically, it’s the lactose in the milk that’s causing the problem. This is known as temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) and it could be causing your infant’s colic-associated crying and discomfort.
Temporary lactose intolerance in infants is the temporary inability of the body to break down the milk sugar, also known as lactose. Lactose must be broken down into the simple sugars, glucose and galactose, in order to be absorbed by the body. This undigested lactose in milk produces lactic acid and gas, which may cause severe discomfort, bloating and gas that cause the colic-associated crying, sometimes for long periods of time after feedings in some infants.
Lactose intolerance is a condition of one or more of the following symptoms after the ingestion of lactose or lactose-containing food substances: abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, flatulence and/or bloating. The amount of lactose that will cause symptoms varies from individual to individual, depending on: amount of lactose consumed, the degree of lactase deficiency, and the form of food in which the lactose is ingested. In the case of TLI in infants, a baby’s digestive system should be sufficiently developed to produce adequate amounts of lactase for proper digestion of lactose in the diet by three to four months of age.
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 help reduce colic-associated crying time caused by temporary lactose intolerance (TLI) in infants. Try it first: Treat the milk (breast or formula) and change nothing else! Colief® Infant Digestive Aid may help infants suffering from excessive colic-associated crying caused by temporary lactose intolerance (TLI).
If you have any concerns regarding your infant’s health you should consult your healthcare professional.