Understanding Colicky Babies
When Does Colic Usually Start?
Infant colic can start as early as baby’s third week of life. The problems often peak at around six weeks of age and may last until baby is about three or four months old. Symptoms include inconsolable, excessive crying, groaning, fussiness, and other signs of discomfort, including gas and bloating. In most cases, where an otherwise healthy baby cries excessively or is fussy for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week, for more than three weeks, (the “rule of threes”), the problem is usually attributed to colic.
Understanding What Causes Colic
Most sources agree that there is more than one cause of colic. However, a study performed at Guy’s Hospital in London revealed that one of the most common causes of colic is related to temporary lactose intolerance (TLI)¹. Colief is one of the few natural solutions available that properly addresses lactose intolerance in infants. The natural lactase enzyme in Colief helps break down the lactose in breast milk or formula, making the milk much easier to digest and thereby reducing a baby’s gas, bloating, discomfort and related crying time.
Identifying Source of Colic
Colic related to food allergy (including milk protein) is considered much less common than that caused by (temporary lactose intolerance) TLI. According to studies published in Pediatrics and the American Journal of Diseases of Children, no more than 10% of infant colic is related to food allergy. These are the rare instances when parents might want to consider a hypoallergenic baby formula or changing the mother’s diet.
It is known that about 40% of infant colic is caused by TLI and that the great majority of babies with colic have no serious or long-term gastrointestinal problems. However, it’s only natural that prolonged crying is a cause for concern (not to mention sleepless nights) for parents. The fussiness usually fades away after about three months of age, when the baby starts to produce its own lactase enzymes.
Adding Colief to a baby’s milk has been shown to reduce excessive crying times by up to 45% when TLI is the cause of infant colic¹. Colief is a natural colic solution containing naturally occurring lactase enzyme.