What is Colic?
How to Identify Colic
There are several signs of colic in babies, and colic is usually defined by the “rule of threes”: if an otherwise healthy baby cries excessively, is unusually fussy, or displays signs of marked discomfort for three or more hours a day, three or more days a week, for three or more weeks, he is said to have colic. However, some doctors think that colic can be diagnosed more quickly and can apply to shorter periods of discomfort and crying. This is sometimes called non-Wessel’s colic. Every cause of infant colic is not yet fully understood, but it is known that temporary lactose intolerance (TLI), accounts for about 40% of colic cases1. The American Family Physician estimates that up to 28% of babies go through some form of colic during their first three months8.
A Common Cause of Colic – Trouble Digesting Lactose
In simple terms, TLI means your baby has trouble digesting the lactose contained in milk, whether breast milk or formula. The inability to break down the lactose leads to gas, bloating and discomfort, resulting in excessive crying and fussiness. Although most colicky babies naturally outgrow the condition by three months of age, frequent or constant crying is hard on parents and family members, and no parent wants to see their little one in distress. When baby’s colic is caused by TLI, adding a lactase enzyme to their milk before feeding can help break down the lactose and reduce discomfort and colic-related crying time.
Colief Infant Digestive Aid is one of the few infant products that contains a natural lactase enzyme to help break down lactose in breast milk or milk-based formula. Colief is not given directly to the baby, but added to the milk before feeding. It has been shown to reduce crying time in colicky infants by as much as 45% when colic is caused by TLI.
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