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Infant colic is one of the most dreaded infant situations (non-life threatening situations, I mean!).
This is a review of both normal Infacol (simethicone) and Infacol Probiotics. The first half deals with normal Infacol and the second half Infacol Probiotics.
What causes colic and wind?
Some say that it is caused by the immaturity of the digestive system which results in over activity and muscular spasms in the intestines. This makes a baby cry for prolonged periods for no apparent reasons and for some reason tends to happen in the evening or night. However there is no definate reason as to why it happens, since on x-rays, the intestines of a colicky baby have the same amount of air as in normal babies.
How do you know its colic?
Basically if there is prolonged crying for no other reason you can fathom, its called colic! Sometimes a baby may draw her knees up to her chest, go red in the face (also can be because of the crying!) She may pass more wind than usual, and some even have a bloated or swollen tummy.
What to do?
Some non-medicinal measures:
- try cuddling, soothing talk, music, rocking, walking, back rubbing etc.
- try massaging your baby's tummy from (your) left to right. Theoretically this will help to move the air thru the intestines and out the back end. (didn't help my baby, tho)
What does Infacol contain?
Normal Infacol in the red and white bottle contains simethicone, also known as dimethicone.
how does it act?
It works by reducing the surface tension of the fine air bubbles which are trapped in the intestines, enabling them to break down and merge into larger bubbles which are more easily expelled from the intestines. In theory, this will relieve the bloatedness and spasms which are caused by the trapped gas.
How much to give?
The dose is 0.5-1ml added into the milk or directly into the mouth before breastfeeding. It can be given 4 times a day or according to how many feeds given.
Simethicone is not absorbed by the body and is physiologically inert (inactive) so there are no side effects.
From what age can I give it to my baby?
It can be used from birth, but you should get medical advice for premature babies. Some sources say it should not be used for babies less than 4 days old.
How do I store it?
Store in a cool dry place away from sunlight.
In short, I found it doesn't work AT ALL! My baby is breast fed, so in theory, she shouldn't get much colic or wind. Thats what the experts say!!
Well, from about 2 1/2 months, my little one started having trouble at night. She would toss and turn tho still half asleep, fart, and seem to be trying to poop. Sometimes she would poop in her sleep. Other times she would raise her legs in the air and then slam them down onto the bad. Again and again! After trying numerous things, my mum suggested it might be wind or colic. So I tried Infacol. I tried it last thing at night. The first thing that happened was that she was so shocked by the taste! Then I tried it in the middle of the night. Not good! She was totally woken up by the strange taste and wouldn't go back to sleep for ages. and it didnt' seem to have any effect whatsoever on the wind. I spoke to a paediatrician about it and he agreed that Infacol usually has no effect. He suggested I try a probiotic drop.
What does it contan?
Infacol Probiotics contains Lactobacilli reuteri Protectis which is a 'good' bacteria. It is a food supplement. It has no sugar, alcohol, lactose, artifical colours, flavours or preservatives.
How does it work?
It promotes a healthy balance of good bacteria vs 'bad' bacteria in the gut which then helps reduce the risk of colic, diarrhoea and and upset stomach.
How is it used?
The dose is 5 drops daily at any time of the day. This is useful because you don't have to take it just before feeding when the baby is likely to be bawling. It can be given on a spoon, or added to any cold liquid. It must not be given in anything hot because that will destroy the bacteria.
The disadvantage is that it needs to be kept in the fridge, but it does say that you can keep it outside for up to 48 hrs tho not recommended.
I found this really really helped. My baby now sleeps well. It is quite pricey, but I only needed it for about 7 weeks, then I forgot to give it for some time and she seemed fine. It also has no taste so she didnt' complain about taking it. In fact, she seemed to like it and licked her lips after each time. It's a bit oily, but not nasty.
Conclusion: I think Infacol Probiotics is a much more effective treatment compared to the normal Infacol. I definately recommend trying it.
I have tried most of the Vanish products and find them all very useful. They are multi-purpose stain removers and use 'active' oxygen to lift the stain from the cloth. They are supposed to be especially good for dried in stains up to 5 days old. (Never tried such old stains myself). It also contains a stain softener which loosens the stain and makes it easier to remove. It can be used on colours, unlike bleach.
The active ingredient is sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate.
It says that you shouldn't use it on wool, silk, leather, wood, metals and on clothes with metal fasteners. Having said that, I always add some to each wash even though there are metal zips and fasteners and have no problems. I guess you just shouldn't put the stuff directly onto metal.
It also cautions that you should check for colour fastness first, again, I haven't had any problems with Vanish making the colours run.
Once the powder has been mixed with water (for handwashing), you should not leave it in a sealed container because it will release oxygen and may leak.
1 scoop is approx 60g. The recommended method is to add half a scoop to your normal detergent, one scoop for tough stains.
If soaking, add hald a scoop to 4L of warm water, not more than 40 degrees celcius. colours can be soaked for 1 hour, whites not more than 6 hours, then wash as usual.
For tough stains, you can mix it into a cream: quarter of a scooop in 100ml hot water and stir until you get a thick foaming cream which is applied directly to the cloth. Leave for less than 10mins then wash.
For a pre-treating soak, you can add 2 tsp to 500ml warm water and soak for up to half an hour then wash as usual.
I have also used the gel form of Vanish which is easier as you don't need to mix it into a cream as above. You can just put abt a tsp directly onto the stain. Rub and leave on. The instructions say not to leave on for more than 5 minutes, but i often leave it for about 10-15 mins without problems. Having said that, my mum has left it overnight and found it had burned a hole in the cloth by the next morning! So beware. You should not let the gel dry on the cloth before washing it off.
It can irritate the skin, so may be a problem for sensitive skin. There is also a risk of severe damage to the eyes. Do not use on dry clothes, and aften washing or treating with Vanish, dry away from direct heat or sunlight.
What I do:
I actually keep both the in-wash powder and the gel at home. I add the powder to almost every wash just in case there are stains that I missed, and to get the clothes cleaner.
I find Vanish is fantastic, especially for oily stains which nothing else on earth can get rid off. It's not 100% effective on everything, but in my experience, 98% of stains come off, and those that don't can be reduced. I actually rub the gel directly onto stains, leave for about 10mins then wash. If it doesn't come off completely I will repeat the process a few times.
It is also great for grimy whites. My mum used to scrub by hand my brothers grimy dirty white school shirts, especially along the collar. Now she just rubs some Vanish on, shoves them into the machine and adds some more powder into the wash. so she swears by it!!
She has also used the Vanish White which is more like a bleac and only for whites and she says that is more effective than any other bleach. I haven;'t needed to use that yet.
Paracetamol is one of the most common and safe medications for pain or fever. It is also known as Acetaminophen, so do check if you are taking more than one kind of pain or fever medicine at the same time.
If you are taking this for a migraine or headache, those that also containe either caffeine or codeine or both may work better for you than just plan paracetamol.
Paracetamol is one of the safest drugs around for mild to moderate pain and fever. However, when taken in overdose, the liver cannot cope with the excess and instead of metabolising it into a safe compound, changes it instead into a compound that is toxic to the liver, and if not treated quickly can lead to liver damage and even death.
Having said that, it is safe enough to be given to small babies, in the appropriate dose. The usual dose for children is 10mg/kg per dose, less if the baby has jaundice. But children less than 3 months should only be dosed on a doctors advice.
Paracetamol comes in a variety of forms and flavours. Childrens parcetamol usually comes in either a syrup form or in a suppository to put up the backside. These are really useful for children who are disinclined to swallow medicine, sleeping or vomiting. The same can be used for adults who are unconscious or vomiting.
Side effects are rare, but still happen. Most common are rashes and allergic reactions. Blood disorders and acute pancreatitis have been reported, apart from the liver damage as mentioned earlier.
It is safe both in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
Singapore Airlines is the best airline I have personally encountered. Their service is still way beyond any other airline, in my opinion.
I have travelled with SIA a 5 times in the last few months, just me and a little baby. I expected a bit of help from the staff, but I didnt' expect them to really go all the way to help me out. Firstly the ground staff helped me with my bags, wrote out the luggage tags for me and got me a good seat. Then in the air, the air stewardesses helped me with just a bout everything.
Even on disembarking, they helped carry my baby while i got my stuff settled, opened out my pram for me and helped me get my luggage off the carousel.
I flew by Bangkok Airways to Koh Samui, Thailand some time ago. We were told that they had just launched this new large aircraft but when we boarded found that we were to be travelling on their old planes which for some reason had yet to be upgraded to the larger plane. The plane was the smallest commercial plane I've ever seen. Not very confidence inspiring! Slightly less comfortable than promised but that was not a problem.
The plane seemed to land in the middle of nowhere, literally. It was already dusk and there was not a single building in sight! Add to that we had a VERY bumpy landing, enough to make me start praying - hard! I thought we were making an emergency landing, for sure. We waited what seemed like ages then saw a police car (!) pull up and after another wait saw them take away one of the passengers in handcuffs!
Apart from the landing and drama, the service was excellent. The airline staff both on the ground and in the air are most helpful and attentive.
Nokia 1100 truly stands for what I think nokia is all about.Simple, easy, fun and long lasting.Over the past years, I have really enjoyed using this mobile.Texting has never been easier and I have found that i can text the fastest when using a nokia phone.This phone is very long lasting therefore very suitable for people who love the outdoors.
As a owner of one this mobile model, I truly recommend it to anyone.I find this model simple and fun to use.The walkman is truly satisfying as it can hold enough songs but not too many at the same time.Texting is really easy and quick.Eventhough the camera is only 2megapixles, I was astonished to find that the pictures were really clear and easy to take.Very suitable for camera lovers!
This camera is quite okay for normal use. The main problem with it is that you need to press and hold the button for a few seconds before it takes the picture. Thus
a) one's hand often shakes and the picture is out of focus
b) the subject moves (especially if it's a wriggly baby, as in my case!)
The good thing about it is that it comes with an adaptor like a thumb drive making transferring pictures to a computer an absolute breeze. No need to fiddle with cables and wires.
I have a Samsung front loader washing machine code no P1453/P1253 or P1053/P853 (why so many numbers??)
Anyway I find it's easy to use, has a lot of function. I like the quick wash which I use to save water (even though it's water efficient) and I really like the delay wash function. That allows me the flexibility of putting my clothes in in the morning before going to work and having them just done when I get home and ready to hang out. That way they dont' smell musty from being too long in the machine, especially if you use a hot wash.
1 year on and I have no complaints or problems with it.
I have a Breville Bakers Oven and I find it very useful. It only has one kneading hook and produces vertical rather than horizontal loaves (which some people say are better), but I find it works fine for me. It's very easy to use, almost foolproof and takes only 5 minutes to get the ingredients ready.
It doesn't come with many recipies though, and most of the recipies given use quite unusal ingredients or are gluten -free so I don't use them. It would be very useful if you are allergic to gluten or yeast. It should have more normal recipes, I think.
Anyhow you can also make pizza dough and buns from it -very easy and delicious.
The only drawback is that the bread doesn't keep fresh for more than a day or two. I get round this by putting it in the freezer and then just microwave or toast it and it's as good as new.
You can also make jam with this if you are hardworking enough! It also has a rapid bread function which turns out a loaf in half the time, but it's not worth it. The bread is doughy and heavy and not nice.
In summary it's worth the money. I've had mine for 3 years and have used it about once a week to once a fortnight since.
I have tried 3 kinds of baby bottom/ nappy rash creams/ sprays and the results are out.
The first one I tried was Desitin creamy because I've seen a lot of mothers asking for it at the pharmacy where I work. It promises overnight relief and that it will 'help heal, sooth and prevent diaper rash'. Comparing it with the original Desitin, this one had a lot less Zinc oxide which is the active ingredient. But I was taken in by the packaging and promises and by thinking that if so many mothers seem to buy it, it must be better! Wrong!
It does help prevent nappy rash, but it is so sticky that its difficult to get off. I got some on my newborn baby's genitalia and it took months to totally get it all off because I didnt' want to wipe too hard and hurt her. It was not worth the extra money at all. ( more expensive than original Desitin.)
The second cream I tried was on my mother's recommendation. It's Baby Sebamed Special Healing Cream. This one has titanium dioxide as the active ingredient and is easy to put on and wipe off. Not as sticky as Desitin. It's also supposed to allow the skin to breathe as well. I found this very useful and use it at almost every diaper change.
Using Sebamed, my baby hardly gets any nappy rash at all. In 6 months, I'd say only about 3 or 4 times, and never a severe rash.
But the best product of all by a long chalk is Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film. This is a product usually marketed to prevent bed sores on immobile persons. It also is used to prevent the breakdown of skin on persons who need to have dressings changed regularly, eg. around a port-a-cath, colostomy etc. It forms a permeable layer on the skin to protect it while still allowing it to breathe.
It's normally only found in major pharmacies or hospitals. The only deterrent is the price. It costs about twice the price of Sebamed. But it works like magic on nappy rash. I save it for when the nappy rash actually appears and it LITERALLY is gone by the next day. All you do is squirt a few sprays and leave it to air dry for 30 seconds or so.
The Tiny Love gyms are great, I know I blessed the day I got one as it kept my hyper baby quiet for up to half an hour (precious time indeed). However, it doesn't really last as long as they say it will. I mean, by 4 months, my baby had outgrown it.
She no longer finds it interesting and instead, either pushes the arches down with a little foot, or pulls them down using the toys.
So it's really good but only for a short period of time. I would say it may not really be worth spending a great deal on a gym. Just get a cheap one that will last 2-3 months.