Newest Review: ... legs drawing up, sucking without needing food, I agreed to try it. The Infacol is dispensed by a little dropper. It's easy to get i... more
Because 1 in every 5 parents suffers with colic
Member Name: Jenny_Summers
Advantages: good value, it works
Disadvantages: tastes icky (in my humble opinion)
-How we came to discover Infacol-
It was the middle of a cold and windy April night and everyone was in bed, asleep. Everyone except us, me and my husband that is... Well, how could we be? Our 3 week old baby boy had been crying non stop for at least 2 hours maybe 3. Like any concerned first time parents we had called the midwife for some advice, "it sounds like he has colic" she said "keep trying to wind him, have plenty of skin to skin contact and he'll soon settle"... Soon settle my backside! He was as determined then as he is now (gets that from his mum) and he had decided that, if he was upset and miserable then we should be too and no amount of soothing words nor gentle cuddles was going to persuade him otherwise.
At around half 3 my husband had had enough, he'd had a long day and needed to be up again in just over 3 hours, he pulled on his jeans and coat over his jammies and set to see what they had at the all night pharmacy 40 mins away.
-What does it look like?-
Infacol comes in a very simple looking box, the picture of a baby sleeping peacefuly taunts you as you wrestle with your own screaming nightmare. The front of the box states that it is for the relief of wind, infant colic and griping pain and is suitable from birth onwards. The box contains white bottle with a tall grey lid which has the same information and logo as the box. It also comes with the usual leaflet containing usage instructions, warnings and the like. The Infacol lid comes with an inbuilt dropper which is very useful and makes it very quick and easy for you to administer to your baby. The liquid itself is white and gloopy, it looks a lot like runny PVA glue.
-What does it taste like?-
Having tasted it myelf, I can honestly say I'm not a fan. The supposedly natural orange flavour is actually quite synthetic tasting and for something sugar free it does taste rather sweet. I may be biased as I'm not a fan of things that are orange flavored, but in my opinion it's not a flavor I find particularly pleasnt. My son and daughter on the other hand both seemed to enjoy it, well they didn't spit it out or pull faces at least. As I said earlier it's sugar free, according to the insert it's also alcohol and colourant free too.
-How does it work?-
The active ingredient in Infacol is simethicone which a bit of googling tells you is something called an anti-foaming agent. It works by breaking the surface tension of gas bubbles in the stomach, this makes the bubbles combine into larger bubbles which are easier to pass. Simethicone is considered very safe as it does not get absorbed into your baby's body, this is why it is safe to use from birth onwards and also as many times per day as is required.
-Does it work?-
I am pleased to say yes it does! Although it's not some miracle cure that will instantly rid your baby (and you) from the unpleasntness of colic, it really does make a noticable difference. Will was bringing up his wind a lot easier with the Infacol, and was deffinately in a lot less pain. It also makes your baby do some enormous burps, an added bonus as it's always cute to see the look of amazement on the face of a small baby who has just made such an almighty noise.
-Where can I get it? and how muh?-
Infacol is widely avaliable to buy at all the big supermarkets and most pharmacies.If used correctly (and not spilt) each bottle contains enough Infacol for 100 doses according to the manufacturers website and, at around £2.89 for a bottle from Boots, that works out at just under 3 pence per dose, pretty good value if you ask me.
Summary: A good product to help alleviate the pain associated with wind and colic.