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A Miracle in a white bottle
Member Name: Lools_24
Date: 19/03/12, updated on 19/03/12 (932 review reads)
Advantages: Helps a baby bring up wind easier, stomach relief for babies
Disadvantages: Works better on some children than others
When we became parents over two years ago as new parents (to twin boys) Mr Lools and I didn't really know what to expect. Our boys were 4 weeks early and struggled with feeding in hospital so had feeding tubes and refused to latch onto me at all so our first milestone was getting them to take expressed milk from a bottle. Once we got this established we found ourselves at home with two babies which was quite a daunting prospect. We knew babies cried and expected a lot of crying but particularly after feeding and when lying down at night we noticed our boys would really scream and my general feeling was they looked "uncomfortable". After speaking to my health visitor after almost a fortnight of no sleep and what seemed like constantly crying babies she suggested Infacol.
***What Is It***
Infacol is described on the bottle to "relieve wind, infant colic and griping pain. Infacol oral suspension has been specially formulated to relieve infant colic and griping pain and effectively assist in bringing up wind."
Infacol is in liquid form and is orange flavoured. It is sugar, alcohol and colourant free. Each 1ml Each 1ml Oral Suspension contains Simeticone 40mg.
It is suitable to use from birth.
The product comes in a 50ml sized white bottle. There is a screw off lid which has a plastic dropped attached to administer to the solution. According to the bottle there is enough for 100 doses (0.5ml doses).
Infacol is available from a number of outlets including most chemists, Boots, Superdrug, Asda, tesco and Sainsbury's. In the supermarkets it is found on the baby aisles rather than in the medication sections and is not behind the pharmacy counter.
A 50ml bottle costs between £2.79- £3.50 depending on the retailer however typically I would pay around £3 from Asda. I did think this was a reasonable price because of the relief it gave my boys but considering a bottle only lasted for 25 (1ml doses) or 50 (0.5ml) doses with two babies I went through bottles very quickly and at the peak of the problem I found myself using two bottles of this per week! Thankfully however my boys grew out of their bringing up wind problem.
After much observation even in my lack of knowledge as a new parent I could see it was clear my boys were struggling to bring up wind and after a feed getting them to burp was sometimes impossible. As you can imagine spending 30 minutes per baby trying to wind after feeding was draining with one baby never mind two and even worse in the middle of the night. Then if they were put lying down in their cot there would be screams and it could take up to an hour for my boys to settle. Which then would almost bring us on to the next feed time so this as a vicious cycle.
We had the usual well-meaning advice from (know it all) family members of "how to burp a baby properly" however after allowing them to demonstrate (and fail!) it was clear that my boys might need a little help with their wind. My health visitor also tried various techniques to help my boys bring up wind and then agreed that Infacol may well be the answer.
My boys were 4 weeks old and we had established a feeding routine where they would have 6 bottles of (expressed) milk per day. I tended to not use Infacol for every feed because my boys seemed to suffer most discomfort when they were lying down and if I could put them in bouncing chairs for "awake" time they would not scream and cry in distress after feeds (usually, although my son who suffered reflux was another matter entirely!). Out of their 6 daily feeds I generally found myself using Infacol for 3 and mainly these were the feeds where I knew they would sleep after (i.e on and afternoon, and evening and through the night) and needed putting down in their cot.
To administer you use the dropper attached to the lid. This is a simple case of squeezing then allowing the liquid to be picked up. One dropper full gives a 0.5ml dose and two dropper fulls gives a larger 1ml dose which is the maximum advised amount per feed. The dose is given before each feed.
I did find it very easy to give my boys Infacol. They had no issues swallowing the liquid but even now as toddlers they both take medicine well. I have had friends who have struggled with giving their babies Infacol and said they would spit out the solution which caused a lot of sticky mess during feeding times. Initially for the first 3-4 weeks I only ever gave my boys 0.5ml doses of Infacol however as they got slightly older and started taking much larger feeds I increased this to 1ml doses (2 droppers worth).
I must admit in the first few days of giving my boys Infacol I did not notice a massive improvement in their condition. As an exhausted parent I think I was expecting a miracle cure and to see instant results. After 3-4 feeds with Infacol I did however notice that when winding my boys they were bringing more wind up and it took less time (spent rubbing backs etc) to get their wind up and they did seem a little more settled when put back down after a feed although initially we did still get screaming after feed times.
Once I had used for around a week I was noticing a big difference for the feeds where my boys were lay down after feeding (i.e at night). Not only was it taking less than half the time to wind them and they probably were burping a lot more after feeds. When they were lay back down my boys actually settled much quicker and we did not have to endure the usual 1 hours' worth of screaming which usually occurred at night.
With continued use (although not used for every feed) I did see a big difference in my boys which is why I continued to use Infacol for a number of months. However one of my sons had reflux which after discussing with my health visitor was picked up and treated with other medication. However I was told to continue to use Infacol but I did find the Infacol was less effective for giving him relief (caused by his other digestive conditions) compared with his twin brother therefore it will be dependent on the individual child how effective Infacol is. One observation I did make with my son that had reflux (before he was given reflux medication) was that although Infacol did help him bring up his wind more easily, it could, especially after a large feed make him more prone to being sick (projectile like).
We stopped using Infacol in feeds once my boys reached around 6 months old. The problem of struggling to bring up wind seemed to disappear and be grown out of as they started to spend more time sitting up and attempting to sit up on their own.
I would definitely recommend Infacol to other parents with young babies who struggle to bring up wind to try and ease their discomfort. As proven by my boys the effectiveness of Infacol will depend on the individual child so for some it may work but for others it may not be the answer. Infacol works for wind but for more serious infant stomach conditions such as colic or reflux (which one of my boys suffered from) the product is not designed to relieve therefore it is best to seek medical advice if you think your child is suffering from something more serious. The product is reasonably easy to administer due to the dropper included with the bottle however again actually getting your child to swallow is another matter and depending on the child will depend on how easy this task is.
At £3.00 a bottle this is a very reasonable product if it works and most parents will agree that if it means less discomfort for their child and less crying and more sleep for them it is definitely worth paying for.
A product that kept Mr Lools and I sane and has already been stocked up on for our new arrival "just in case!".
Summary: An orange flavoured remedy that helped my boys bring up wind and allowed us to get some sleep!
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