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When my eldest daughter was a baby, she suffered really badly with colic. Infacol was the first thing the doctors tried her with (being a lot cheaper), but then we were given a tiny bottle of colief. Colief basically breaks down lactose, which has been causing the baby to have digestive discomfort. It is a clear liquid, which can be used from birth, until no longer required. It comes in a small yellow and green box.
We had to put four drops into each of her feeds-I had a quick taste of a feed and didn't notice a difference in the taste. A bottle (containing 7ml) doesn't go far. We were going through two bottles per week, which at about £9/£10 per bottle is absolutely shocking. We were lucky enough to be given this on repeat prescription, otherwise we would have looked to other options
From a few hours after first use, my daughters behaviour changed significantly. She was a lot calmer and she stopped being sick as much. It wasn't a complete miracle cure but it did make night times more tolerable.
My second daughter also suffered, but Colief did absolutely nothing for her. I would recommend this, but only if you can get it on prescription, as I really think it depends on the individual child. I also don't like the fact it has to be put into a bottle, as if the baby doesn't finish a bottle then they don't get the correct amount of colief required-and are yet again left with a grumpy baby!
About two weeks after our baby was born (typically just as my husband returned to work!), she started crying at night, not just a whinge, this was full-on screaming for about 3 hours, every night! We asked the health visitors what we should do, they said comfort her, she's a baby, of course they cry!
After doing a bit more research, it was suggested that she may have colic (thank you health visitors!). We tried many different things, infacol and dentinox, grip water, baby massage, special bottles etc. All of these seemed to give temporary relief, but then a couple of days later, the crying would return...
Having searched the net in desperation, I came across 'Colief', with mixed reviews. It seemed very expensive compared to the previous treatments, however, we were desperate!
The instructions do advise to give it a couple of days before it works, this is true, it does not work immediately. However, a couple of days later, it worked! My daughter immediately started to sleep better and was more relaxed at night. The bottle does last for nearly a week and in my opinion, is worth every penny. After this, we would still get the very odd colic-night, but these were less frequent having started using this.
Although my baby doesn't suffer from full blown colic, she does seem to have very colicky spells, where she can cry sore for half and hour to an hour and nothing will comfort her. I have now exhausted all available remedies on the market, starting with infacol up to this latest attempt at relieving some of the pain that my daughter is obviously in, by using these colief drops, which claim to 'reduce the hours of crying'.
Now, one of the major drawbacks of this product right from the beginning is its cost. At around £11 for a tiny tiny bottle it is vastly overpriced in comparison to the likes of INfacol and Dentinox, however a friend had advised me that she had got her colief drops on prescription, which meant I could at least try these free of charge. My doctor advised however to read the instructions carefully, as you have to follow precise guidelines in using this.
The second major drawback of this product is in its usage. If you are bottle feeding, you need to add these drops to a warm bottle (mustn't be hot nor cold) and leave it for 30 minutes, as this product is designed to work on the lactose in the milk, which should help with digestion, which in turn should help settle the baby. If you are breastfeeding, you need to express some milk and add the drops to it. Now I cannot comment on breastfeeding, but in relation to bottlefeeding, I found this to be a huge nuisance. My baby tends to feed every four hours, but can be earlier or later, and therefore I have to try and predict her feeding times, which doesn't always work, and I hate having her crying with hunger, in order just to let the drops have time to work.
I honestly started using these colief drops with great optimism that they would work and help reduce those colicky spells my baby daughter has. I was aware that the side effect of colief is a change to stools but I wasn't quite prepared for the very very runny nappies that my baby would have. I could however put up with that if I thought it did her any good, but rather I found the opposite. After a couple of days, there were still crying spells, however these were slightly worse in that, my baby was in very obvious pain, grimacing in fact, and passed huge amounts of wind, more than she would normally pass. Even when she passed wind, it didn't seem to give her any relief at all, in fact she continued to cry in pain, until eventually she tired herself out. My husband and I tried everything to comfort her, but to no avail, until we finally concluded that we had given the colief drops enough of a go, and would stop using them, as, instead of helping her they only seemed to give her further pain and what parent wants to see that.
All in all, colief may work for some people, and I know that my friend did think it helped her colicky baby, but for my daughter who only has some colicky spells, this only made matters worse, giving her obvious sore tummies, and making her pass painful wind. I'm glad I tried it, but it really was no right for my daughter.
I was lead to believe that babies who are breastfed don't get colic, and as a first time mum I only knew what I had read in books about the symptoms. My daughter is only just over 2 weeks old and about a week ago the symptoms started! she was in so much distress, she hardly ever cries so I really felt for her. She was going bright red, crying constantly and bringing her legs up to her stomach. I had tried Infacol which worked quite well but after asking the health visitor she recommended I try this instead.
Colief comes in a small 7ml bottle, it is a natural product which contains the enzyme lactase. You simply add it to your baby's milk and it helps break down the lactose in the milk preventing digestive discomfort. In the instructions the manufacturers state that;
'lactase is an enzyme naturally occurring in our bodies that helps break down complex sugar lactose found in milk, dairy products, breast milk and infant formulas. The immature digestive system of babies can have trouble breaking down lactose into more simple sugars causing discomfort commonly known as colic and characterised by lengthy periods of distressed crying in an infant aged under four months'
You can use this in several ways. If you breastfeed you have to express a small amount of milk and add four drops of Colief before giving it to your baby on a steralised spoon. If you use formula you add four drops to warm milk and feed your baby as normal. If you make up your formula in advance you need to only use two drops and store the milk in the fridge for four hours before using.
Initially I didn't notice any difference but I continued to give it to my daughter in the hope it would work after a few doses. It did ease her symptoms sometimes but not all of the time. I was given a prescription for this item however a lot of doctors won't prescribe it and to buy it is very expensive it's normally around £9.99.
I wouldn't personally recommend buying this as I am not convinced that it works all of the time. I would recommend you firstly try Infacol of Dentinox both of which you can get in the supermarket for around £3. The bottle also doesn't last very long. I managed to finish mine in a week. I would give this 3 out of 5 stars. I personally think the alternatives have a much better effect!
My poor son had really bad colic so I rushed to the supermarket to buy something to deal with it. At first I noticed the infacol which was around £3.30. Then the pharmacist also mentioned colief and this was priced at £10. I was shocked by the price difference and assumed that the more expensive one would be more effective.
The size of the bottle was only 7 ml. I read the instructions and it said to put four drops into his feed. The relief was almost instant. He bought his wind up with ease and there was no uncomfortable whimpering off him afterwards.
The change in him was brilliant, he was settling more and started to sleep more at night. The only thing was the bottle only lasted six days. I telephoned the Doctor to get a prescription. I was informed that my surgery will not write prescriptions for colief. The health visitor explained this was because colief is used for lactose intolerant babies and there was no suggestion that the baby is lactose intolerant.
This does not apply to all Doctors surgeries as I have friends who have said that their Doctor will prescribe it for them.
When I had run out I was naturally panicked as I did not have the money for the colief. So I needed an alternative.
See my review on Woodwards gripe water.
My second child was very bad with wind/colic. He would start crying from mid-afternoon well into the night. I had tried dentinox colic drops,which you are given on the minor ailments from the pharmacy, and then infacol ,which I had used with my first child. Neither worked.
I had been recommended colief from another mum but had put off getting it as it was very dear and I had my doubts about how effective it would be.
When I eventually did buy it I couln't believe how small the bottle was but it worked instantly! It was the first night he settled quickly and didn't cry! It was such a relief and well worth the £10!
I found it a bit awkward at first to use use,as you have to add the drops to warm milk which meant, as I was breastfeeding I had to express some off first. (You soon get used to it). I took advise and expressed off enough that I could use through out the day.
The instructions say that 4 drops should be added to a few tablespoons of milk but I used less and then added it to a syringe to administer it-then fed as normal.
They also say to give it before each feed but I found 2-3 times a day was enough to stop the crying. The bottle lasts about 2 weeks for me.
I have heard you can get it on prescription which obviously would be worth a try but I would pay the money as it worked a treat.
These drops made my babies life and mine more of a living hell and I thought the colic was bad enough.
As we know when making up feeds you have to leave the boiled water for 30 mins. But this water is too hot for the drops to be added to the milk so therefore when the feed is made up you then have to cool the feed until it is "body tempreature" before adding the drops as they do not work in hot water only warm water. You then have to leave the feed for 30 mins before feeding the baby. As above is when you use 4 drops.
When making up feeds in advance and then storing in the fridge (which is not advised by midwives or health visitors) you do the above but add 2 drops, place in the fridge and then warm the feed when baby wants its.
I do not make my feeds and store in the fridge so the method with 2 drops I did not use. I used the 4 drops method and what a time consuming pain in the bum this was. Because once the drops are added to whatever method you choose to use you then have to wait 30 mins before feeding the baby.
Well I have yet to meet a baby who will glady sit and wait for their feed for 1 second let alone 30 mins. I feed my baby on demand as with all babies they want feeding like yesterday not in half hour time. So therefore this resulted in more crying on top of the colic crying. Brilliant just what I wanted, these drops made my babies life and my life more of a living hell, when I thought they were meant to make it eaiser for baby and for you. The only people benefiting from these drops are the company who sells them and their pockets.
Babies are not machines and wake bang on on 3/2/1 hour feeding scedules, they want feeding whenever they want feeding and that could could be 1 hour, half hour 3 hours etc.
As for feeds that are made without drops, you have 2 hours before having to discard that feed, but when you add the colief whatever feed is not used you have to throw straightaway. So even more waste of milk. My baby may fall asleep when feeding and then wake half hour later to finish the bottle, with the colief you have to discard straightaway.
Back to the Infacol for me, I thought this was not working but compared to the colief it's a god send and makes feeding the baby a lot easier then the colief, therefore happy mummy happy baby.
When I had my daugher I had already invested in colic bottles and infercol and even gripe water.
I couldnt use the gripe water for the first few months infercol was not working and the colic free bottles didnt seem to want to work either. After an agonising two weeks with my daughter screaming I visited my doctor who gave me a prescription for colief drops.
When reading the leaflet the best way to use the drops was to put two in a bottle when it was at room temprature and you had to make a fresh bottle and not refridgerate them everytime your child needed to be fed. I was so used to pre making the bottles that I found it very pain saking to make a fresh bottle each time but it was better than the screaming. I was adding two drops to each bottle and they did work. I had to use them for quiet a few weeks when I ran out of the drops I wasnt able to get to the doctors so I decided to buy them over the pharmacy counter they cost £10 and it is such a small bottle and doesnt last very long at all.
I returned to the doctor and explained this and they gave me a prescription for 3 bottles by the time that these ran out she was able to take her bottles without suffering colic. If you are on a low income your doctor will be able to give you the free prescriptions if you have to pay for your prescriptions I suggest that you pay the prescription charge of £7 saves you £3 and you may even still get them for free because they are for the child and they should qualify seek your doctors help before paying so much for this product yes it worked for me and I think that it is great I cant say that it would work for everyone and if they dont work it is alot of money down the drain.
I really despise these drops and the way they are marketed. Firstly, Colief is targeted at parents whose babies have colic. Now if you have never been through this, you will have no idea what it is like to have to listen to your newborn child scream seemingly in unbearable agony for hours on end. You will be beside yourself, distressed and wishing you could make life happier for them. You will be desperate for something, anything, that might help.
So you try Infacol. What if that doesn't work? You hold on until LO is a month old then you try gripe water. Or in the meantime you fork out £60 a week for the twice-weekly chiropractic or cranial osteopathic sessions that so-and-so up the road swears by.
In short, you will try anything and pay anything (if you can afford it) to try and ease your poor baby's suffering.
Then you talk to your Health Visitor because nothing so far has worked. She, as the expert on such matters, advises you to go to the doctor and demand to be prescribed Colief. It is the best cure for colic that there is....
So you troop off to the surgery, confident that the end is in sight. Soon you will all get a decent night's sleep and the screaming will be over.
Sure enough, when you describe the hours of crying you are having every day, he duly agrees to prescribe this miracle potion. You can also buy it in pharmacies for £9.99 over the counter but please don't do this when you can have it prescribed for free!
Now to start, it is not easy to administer. You have to add 4 drops to every feed....but what if you are breastfeeding and LO refuses a bottle? You have to express 10mls each feed and feed with a syringe if necessary. What if you can't express? Well you have to try, even though you can't get a drop out as LO is comfort feeding as frequently as 40 minutes out of every hour!
It has to be given in milk.
The bottle is tiny so we were needing another one every few days as to give every feed when baby feeds at least 12 times a day takes a lot of Colief, let me tell you!
I kept giving Infacol, Gripe Water, Colief and going to see the chiropractor twice a week for a couple of weeks but when I saw no improvement I started to question the reasoning behind what I was doing. I resolved to find out exactly WHAT Colief was. What was I actually giving my baby in my desperation to cure his colic?
Now I'm sure you're now expecting me to reveal something really awful about Colief which I discovered.
Well, you're going to be disappointed if so. There is nothing bad about it, but I do not believe in just throwing medicines down my own neck for no reason, let alone my newborn baby's.
I looked extensively online to find out about it, when the answer is actually right there on the box...a classic case of not being able to see the wood for the trees.
It is a safe and natural way to reduce the hours of colic-induced crying allowing BABIES WITH LACTASE DEFICIENCY (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk) to comortably feed as colief breaks down the lactose in their milk for them. It compensates for 'a POSSIBLE lack in lactase deficiency' (quoted from www.colief.com, the product's website).
Now I can see that someone without a baby might be confused about my point now - but colic IS NOT LACTASE DEFICIENCY. Google it. Colic is actually unexplained prolonged periods of crying in young babies.
Colief will work wonders if your baby DOES have lactase deficiency, but most don't and therefore it will do nothing.
I am upset and angry about the way it is marketed by health professionals as they do not explain this. They do not tell you it is worth a try but it will only work if baby is lactose intolerant at first (before their digestive system matures at 3-4 months old).
If they had, I would still have tried it (I would have tried anything), but I certainly would not have pinned my hopes on it working.
The only thing that helped was reaching the magic 3 month mark.
My daughter had terrible colic, my aunty reccomended these drops. Firstly, they are very expensive £10 from Boots for such a tiny bottle that only last 4 days.
Secondly - they aren't very baby friendly. They need to be put in a bottle half an hour before it is given to the baby. Baby's don't understand waiting for food, when they are hungry they want it there and then and most of the time they take you by surprise and want feeding earlier than you expected. The only way to get round this is to make up bottles in advance, which is what Health Visitors and Midwives advise you against.
We tried them and they worked for 4 days! After that it just stopped working and the crying continued. I know a lot of people have had success with these drops but for us they didn't which was dissapointed as I expected them to with them costing so much.
We had this reccommended to us by a friend who said that it was very expensive but she would have paid £100 a bottle as it was a miracle cure.With my first son he had never had colic but this time around my 2nd son was showing all the classic signs of colic, the screaching, pulling the knees up etc so i thought right lets give this stuff a go as it was heart breaking watching him wriggling around like he was.....
Colief has an enzyme in it that is naturally in the body but due to babies not having a mature digestive system until at least 3 months they have the problems digesting the lactose therefore causing the babies to suffer from colic.
Off to Boots i went and purchased some, you can get it straight from the shop floor no specialist queuing at the pharmacy.It is priced at £9.99 for a 7ml bottle which might not seem like alot but as depending how you make up your bottles you need a maximum of 4 droplets a time it will last a while.
I decided there was no time like the present to try and gave it a go well i was squeezing this bottle and nothing so got hubby to have a go and yet again squeezing and nothing ??? At this point i was really annoyed thinking i had paid £10 and got a duff one.So with one final squeeze of the bottle out came a load directly into the bottle i had made up !! woops....so that bottle had to be discarded right away as i had no clue just how much had gone in there....so still not happy !! So dont squeeze the bottle too hard or else u might lose half of it ....
The droplets can be put in the bottles in a few ways....If you make up your babies feeds in advance you need to add 2 drops to the warm milk then keep in the fridge for 4 hours.If you make them up to use right away then you need to add 4 drops to milk that is warm (not hot) and give the bottle a shake ....also you have to give it 30 mins to start working.You can also use it when breastfeeding by expressing some milk then adding 4 drops of colief again but feed it to your baby froma sterilised spoon.
We put the droplets in the next bottle and sat back to see how he was....well the same so i thought it must take some time to kick in ill keep adding it to his bottles as the instructions said and wait a day see if he is any better.Next day still the same....well until that evening....doing my usual check to see if my little one was hungry by giving him my little finger to nibble on and this time he clamped down on my finger and gave what i can describe as a almighty push he pooped !! after this he looked sooo relaxed it was unreal.It turns out that what we thought had been colic was actually constipation!!! wether the colief had anything to do with this i will never know ......He has not been the same again since and ive not used it since.
So another piece of advice is dont rush out and buy it explore other possibilties as this is a very expensive one.
I would say after speaking with friends that it does work well but obviously its not for everyone.I would go down other avenues first but i think at the end of the day you do whatever you have to do to help your baby no matter what the cost is.....
After trying the cheaper brands of colic aids such as infacol and gripe water we decided to give Colief a try.
Although I was reluctant at first given it costs £9.99 for a tiny bottle, we were being driven mad by the constant crying and screaming and figured £10 is a small price to pay to stop our little man's pain and to save our eardrums!!!
After a couple of days his crying calmed down a lot, although he still suffers a little bit it is nowhere near as bad as it was before we started using Colief.
Colief works by breaking down the lactose in baby's milk (whether breast or formula) so that it becomes more digestable.
To use Colief you have to put 4 drops into the warm milk and leave for half an hour. This is fine as long as you know when your baby needs feeding! During the overnight feed and if he catches us out and needs feeding earlier than usual we still have to use Infacol as it is not always practical to wait half an hour!!
I think if we were to use Colief religiously it would work perfectly but as this is not practical for us, just being able to use it in the majority of his feeds really seems to have worked wonders for his colic.
If your baby suffers from colic and you haven't tried Colief yet I really would give it a try for a few days although it won't be practical for everyone.
My son has suffered with colic from the age of 3 weeks, we tried all the usual treatments, Infacol, gripe water, Dentinox, and we changed his milk to Aptamil easy digest, all with no improvement.
My health visitor then suggested that I try Colief drops, I was at my wits end so would have tried anything that may have helped to stop the endless screaming and to ease my poor boy's pain.
My first negative thought was that they were very expensive, they cost £10 for the tiniest bottle you have ever seen, but I didn't care how much they cost as long as they helped my son.
My second negative thought after reading the full instructions were how awkward they were to put into the feed. I thought that you would simply just put the drops into the feed and hey presto, but no! If putting the drops into warm milk you have to put them in at least half an hour before you give the feed to your baby to give it chance to work. Or you could put them into luke warm water and then put it into the fridge but it then had to be left in the fridge for at least 4 hours for it to take effect. For some reason if you add the drops and don't put them in the fridge you have to use 2 drops, but if you put it in the fridge you have to use only 1 drop, needless to say I chose the 2nd option!
I didn't fancy the thought of having to add the drops at least half an hour before the feed was due, it wasn't really a problem through the day but would be impossible on a night as I only wake up when my son cries for his feed, which would then mean I would have to leave him screaming for at least half an hour - just not practical, im afraid!!
We used the drops for 6 days, my health visitor advised me that they need at least 3 days to take effect and that if we didn't see any change after 3 days then there was no point continuing with them as they won't help.
Im sorry to say that all they seemed to do was upset my poor little man even more, they gave him very, very bad diarrohea, to the point where every time he passed wind he also pooed! And seemed to make his colic even worse.
Needless to say Colief will probably help some people, it all depends on the baby, as we know they are all different, but it didn't work for my son. But to be honest nothing worked, he was immune to anything we tried!! He is now 11 weeks and growing out of it, im pleased to say!!!
As a second time mum to a baby with colic I would say ignore all of the other products on the market as this really works. You need to be a bit more organised in preparing feeds in advance but it is definitely worth the effort. I saw an improvement in a day and like most babies she has an unsettled time in the early evening but it now only lasts for 30 minutes and she settles easily after her 6.30pm feed with no need for rocking! I didn't use it with my first daughter and only wished I had as it would have saved me and my husband so many hard nights. The expense is definitely worth it.
I have just been prescribed Colief by the GP without having any tests carried out so it is possible in some areas...
Colief Infant Drops are a safe & natural approach to infant colic. Rather than attempting to treat the symptoms of colic, Colief allows babies with transient lactase deficiency to enjoy their normal feed whilst greatly reducing the digestive discomfort associated with colic.