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My husbamd bought a 50ml bottle from Sainsbury pharmacy for around £3 after the baby had been home for only five days. Initially I was wary of giving medication to such a tiny baby without checking with a GP but as he was showing clear signs of wind: crying, 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 into the baby (he enjoyed sucking on the dropper) but it was harder to keep inside him as he kept dribbling and spitting it out. At least it doesn't stain or mark clothes. It's flavoured with orange and he seems to quite like the taste.
Fairly soon after taking the Infacol our baby was releasing wind through both exits and seeming a lot happier about it. We found the medicine had something of a cumulative effect, giving it regularly twice a day kept him a lot less windy. Now he's a little older (ten weeks) it seems to help relieve discomfort while he's constipated. It's not a miracle cure though, and there have been a few times where plenty of leg cycling and tummy rubs were also needed to help shift the wind along.
I'd definitely recommend it for any new parent though, it can really make a difference stopping wind discomfort.
This stuff should a staple in your medicine cupboard if you have a 0-3 month old baby in my opinion! I have 3 children and have used this wonder liquid in every one of them.
You purchase this item in a 50ml bottle and it normally retails at around the £3.50 mark. The box has a picture of a contented, sleeping baby and tells me that this is suitable from birth and relieves wind, infant colic and griping pain. It also tells me it is sugar, alcohol and colourant free, essential for a newborn baby.
The bottle is white with a grey screw cap that has a dropper inside, so is a pointed shape but soft and rubbery so you can squeeze it.
Once you have opened the bottle, you keep the dropper in the liquid and squeeze the top so the liquid is sucked into the tube, you then place the dropper into your baby's mouth and squeeze again to administer 1 or 2 drops.
The liquid is a milky colour and smells orangey also with an orangey taste.
I always gave a dose of this before a bottle, and it was very effective at bringing up wind, my babies have never suffered from colic so I can't give an opinion on that. There is no maximum dosage, therefore it can be given before every feed if required. A bottle claims to give upto 100 doses.
If anyone ever asks my advice in the best product to use for helping with wind my answer would immediately be infacol.
Colic is a really common problem in young babies and one that certainly makes life pretty hard! Both my girls suffered from colic and wind at some point in infancy. With my first daughter we tried so many different (expensive) remedies none of them worked they either did nothing or just made things worse. After a few months of this I was at the end of my tether with it so I took her to the doctors, he prescribed infacol. I'd seen it before with all the other colic remedies but as it was so cheap I always assumed it would be just like all the others and be no good. Seeing as my doctor prescribed it I felt we had nothing to lose in giving a go, I'm glad we did.
infacol is widely available from most chemists and baby shops, you don't need a prescription. For 50ml you are looking at paying around £3.50, definitely tje cheaper of the colic medicines! It comes in a small plastic bottle, the screw on lid has a dropper running through the middle into the bottle with the rubber squeezy part at the top. Each squeeze of the top fills the dropper with 0.5ml of the medicine. One dropper is the dose you start on initially but you can up it to 2 if need be. Its really convienient way to administer the medicine especially to a small baby, all you do its squeeze it into their mouth.
The actual medicine is a syrupy, whiteish colour with a strong orange smell. It is formulated to push all the air bubbles in baby's tummy together therefore making it easier for them to bring the wind back up. You administer the dose you need before each feed and unlike many of the other remedies it is suitable from birth. It can be used with both bottle and breast fed babies.
Both my girls pulled a face at the taste of it at first but once they got used to it before each feed they ended up quite liking it, probably because they knew it meant milk was coming!
It certainly made winding them a whole lot easier and meant they bought up the wind with one large burp and were then nice and settled again. All the legging pulling up and gripeness stopped.
As you are only using 0.5ml at a time the bottle lasts quite a while so you re not constantly buying it which is definitely a good thing, babies are so expensive as it is.
the only issue we had with infacol was it made my second daughter bring up milk when she burped sometimes but she was later diagnosed with acid reflux so I think it had more to do with that than anything the infacol.
We used it with both girls and should our third baby develop colic it will be my go to product. A great price point and does exactly what you want it to.
We tried Infacol for our baby's wind. It only made her very sick. She could not hold down her milk and would spill for a couple of hours after each feed. Her stomach would rumble also and body tense up with pain. I realise it works for many babies but not all can cope with this product, especially any baby with reflux of any kind, it will make it much worse.
Before Freya was born we stocked up on lots of essentials such as nappies, wipes, cotton wool, cream, baby bath products etc. However, one thing we didnt get was anything to help with her wind. My older niece, Ellie who is now 12 never really had any problems with wind so it was something that really didnt cross our minds.
However, within the first week it was clear that Freya was having a bit of trouble feeding. And after that she was having a bit of problem with wind. No matter how long we would rub her back for or try numerous other methods she just wasnt managing to bring up the wind. The midwife suggested trying infacol on her home visit so we got some straight away. Infacol was recommended because it is safe for newborns whereas the well known product, gripe water is only safe from when they are a little older, I think its from 6 weeks.
We paid somewhere around the £2.50 mark for our bottle, Boots sell it for £2.89. I was surprised by the price - I thought it would be more expensive than that and I was expecting to pay around double what I did.
The bottle is 50ml in size and comes with a dropper which you can use to administer it to the baby. Each dose is 0.5ml which can be increased to 1ml if required. 1ml contains 40mg of Simeticone.
We bought the product because it was recommended and it promised to relieve infant colic and griping pain and help to bring up wind.
When we first got this out the box I was surprised by the smell of the product. I dont know what I was expecting it to smell like but it has a strong orange scent. For some reason I assumed it would either be flavourless or taste like milk or something. The dropper is easy to use and as long as the lid is unscrewed you can easily administer the infacol with one hand. The product is sugar, alcohol & colourant free.
I was expecting Freya to spit this back out and not want to take it. However, after she first used this she took it just fine so I imagine she likes the flavour. She also now associates this with feeding time so if she is beginning to grizzle because she wants to be feeding if you give her some of this she calms down for a couple of minutes whilst her Mum is getting ready to feed her.
I was amazed by how well this product worked. We went from an uncomfortable baby who was quite grizzly to a baby who was able to bring up wind. Initially (the first few days of using this) it still took a while to burp Freya (up to 20 minutes) but she was able to bring the wind up which she was unable to before. After this she was much easier to wind and now you only find yourself winding her for 5 minutes after her feed.
Initially we used this at every feed but now we tend to use it a few times a day. She has remained comfortable and it is still much easier to wind her. We have had our first bottle about 10 days now and it has literally just ran out. I think for the price it represents excellent value for money.
This product is fantastic. It really helps Freya and the low price is very reasonable. Freya is happy enough to take this so it must taste nice and it is simple to administer. It really does work so if you are experiencing similar problems with your little one it really is worth a try.
One of our friends had a baby a few months before us and used to swear by Infacol and suggested we brought some ready for when our little one arrived. It is supposed to help relieve wind, colic and griping pain in babies and helps to bring up their wind. It has a mild orange flavour (lol yes I did taste it!) It can be brought in Boots and Superdrug as well as other shops and cost around £3 for 50ml. It is suitable from birth and is free from sugar, alcohol and colourants.
It comes in a white box with red flash and the infacol logo. Inside is a bottle containing 50ml of Infacol. There is a pippette in the lid which make it very easy to administer, you simply give one pippette full before a feed. There are around 100 doses in the bottle so it is very good value.
We found this really did help my daughter, we could certainly tell if we had forgotten to give it with a feed as she seemed less comfortable. We found it much easier to wind her when we used this. We used it from birth until around 3 months and during this time we never went anywhere without it. Iy really is very easy to give to baby and she actually used to quite happily suck at the pippette.
I would highly recommend this and should we have another child it will most certainly be ready in the cupboard.
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Colic is something which my children suffered with and my children have since experienced with their own babies. It is not a nice thing to go through and so if you can find something that helps to relieve colic symptoms it is great. We used Infacol with our grandchildren and it helped improve their symptoms.
The Infacol comes in a little bottle with a pipette which slots in the top. You fill up the pipette and that is the dosage for your baby. It is easy to adminster for a baby in this way instead of trying to use a spoon or a syringe. Babies that need Infacol are only very, very tiny so being able to administer it is important.
You need to give it about twenty minutes before a feed for it to have the best effect.
It helps the baby digest their feed which means that the symptoms of colic are less in the evenings. After a few days of giving this to our grandchildren they improved. It took about 3 days until we saw an improvement but they were definitely less uncomfortable in the evenings. I don't think it took it away completely but I would say it helped to relieve them a little bit.
We carried on using this until they were about 15 weeks old and then gradually started to withdraw it.
My daughter swears by it and says it definitely helped her daughter to be more comfortable, she didn't cry as much in the evenings and so we really relied upon this. It was great to think something could help relieve the pain.
It's not a child proof lid so make sure it is kept out of reach of children.
-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.
The benefit of using Infacol over normal gripe water is the fact that gripe water does contain sugar while Infacol does not and this was an important part of my decision to opt for this product when my little one was a baby and needed winding. The other benefit of Infacol is that it can be used straight from birth while gripe water is not suitable for a new born and should only be used when the child is a month old and while this was not such an issue for me and my daughter it might be relevant to others.
This should be administered before feeding and it certainly does make it easier for a child to burp up any wind, this is not only better for the baby but I also found that it greatly eased some of the stress around feed time which as this was my first child I found a little stressful, I was worried that she would not latch on properly, that she would not get enough food and then to see her in pain with wind as a new mother I was a little panicky at times. Infacol not only provided relief for my daughter it also provided some peace of mind for me as well, something that is much appreciated when you are a bit frazzled from lack of sleep.
A 50ml bottle costs under £3, I forget the exact price I used to pay and once opened it should be used within the month however I found I was replacing it within that time frame on a normal feeding pattern. The results were as described, it certainly made feed time a less painful experience for my daughter and less stressful for me. The small dropper is easy to use and I never had any problems with my daughter rejecting the Infacol. It has a feint citrus smell to it and is quite thick in its consistency.
This is one of those miracle products in my opinion and it really did do what it claimed on the bottle. An important part of any post birth survival kit in my opinion.
I got told about this by my friend before I'd even had Kai and I'm glad that I found out about it so early on because it's come to the rescue too many times to keep track of.
It takes just a few drops before it has Kai belching up all of his wind really easily and feeling a lot more comfortable and happy and it is really easy to use because it has an easy dose system. The main thing that I like about it is that it can be used from birth. It does say on the bottle that baby's under 6 months old shouldn't take it unless the parent checks with the doctor first so I mentioned it at one of kai's appointment and was told it was fine.
Another thing I like about it is that it can be added to formula and food without it effecting how fast it takes to work or anything, which I think is a big advantage because even though it smells quite nice (it smells like orange) it tastes horrible on its own (Kai pulled the funniest face the first time I gave him some and would only take it in his formula).
I bought our small 50ml bottle of this before Kai was born and am now on the 3rd or 4th bottle - he's over a year old so it's a very economical product (it is only about £3) thanks to the packaging which makes it pretty much impossible to waste a drop because of the way it is dispensed.
Then again though I do only use it when I am sure that he's in discomfort because of wind and not at the first sign that he *might* have wind. When he was a baby he had wind almost daily, but a few drops of this would get rid of it and he would sleep better for it because he wasn't in pain or discomfort. It worked a treat with colic and made him more relaxed within less then 20 minutes, and I think it's great.
Oh my goodness how much did I rely on this when my little girl was tiny? It turned out to be a God send! Colic is horrible and not something any parent wants to have to endure with their little ones and so when something comes along that helps them it is a huge relief and this is what Infacol was for me; a relief!
* What is colic?
Colic occurs during the evenings. It is caused by the build up of wind in a baby throughout the day. Their tummies are too little to be able to digest the food they are consuming during the day and so they get a build up of wind which then becomes very painful and uncomfortable in the early evening. Colic is often recognised by regular crying in the early evenings, the cry is one of pain and discomfort and it appears that nothing can comfort them. It can go on for hours every evening and it can be awful for the parents to see their newborns like this. It is very common too, I read somewhere that nearly a quarter of babies go through it around the age of 6-12 weeks. I hadn't even heard of it before having my daughter so can't believe it's this common! It is awful for parents to see their tiny baby in such discomfort and there is little that can be done.
We were recommended Infacol by a friend. A doctor told us that we could use it if we wished but he wasn't recommending it as there is evidence to suggest it doesn't work. We thought we would give it a go and see how we got on and I'm really glad we did. We bought it over the counter. It was about £3.50 for a little bottle.
* How you use it.
You administer it about twenty minutes before each feed. I found this had to do as my baby seemed to graze all day but I'd just make sure she had a bit before I fed her. You use a little pipette that comes in the bottle and squeeze it so it's full. You then squeeze this into the baby's mouth. It's really easy to do, so much easier than trying to get a spoon into a newborn's mouth! It's only a tiny measure but it does seem like quite a bit for such a small baby. It tastes sweet so my baby usually would take it no problem. It is recommended that you do this before every feed.
* Does it work?
This takes time to build up. It will not work right away but we noticed a definite difference after about 3 days. Our baby seemed to be more settled and although she still cried a bit in the early evenings it wasn't anywhere near as bad. We then kept using this until she reached about 14 weeks at which point we then began to wean her off it. We didn't want to suddenly just stop using it so we stopped giving it to her before every feed until eventually she was no longer having any at all. I really believe that this helped her. I suppose we can't say for sure whether it helped or if it was just a coincidence but I believe that this was the cause of her being happier in the evenings.
I am happy with this and I know many others who have been too. I know there are some debates about these kinds of medicines for such young babies but it really helped my little girl I am sure. It was very easy to administer, some people recommended other types of medicine but they were complicated- you had to mix them with milk or you had to use a spoon but this is really designed with newborns in mind which you would expect really considering it is for a newborn! I think it's helped with our daughter and was well worth the money. We went through three bottles in total.
WHAT IT IS?
Infacol is medicine for babies to help if they have got colic. It does not work for all babies and I know that is true because it has helped my 8 month old daughter but when my other daughter who is 9 now had colic Infacol did not do a thing for her symptoms.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Dispense a dropper full of Infacol into your babys mouth before they feed. The dropper is built into the bottle and it is very easy to fill up by squeezing the bulb. You can use Infacol for newborn babies because there is nothing dangerous in it and when they get older you can increase the dose to 2 droppers.
DO BABIES LIKE IT?
It has got a sort of orange taste and my 3 children have all liked the taste. That on it's own is a bit soothing to some babies if their colic is not very painful, I think because of how sweet it is. I have tasted it and it is very nice and I can see why babies like it.
DOES IT WORK?
I think Infacol depends on the baby and also how sick they are with colic. My daughter only had it when she had one of her back teeth breaking through the gum and that was when she was between 5 and 6.5 months old. She had an ache in her stomach and cried very badly but I was sure that a lot of this was because het tooth was hurting. It did not work straight away because you have to give it some time to work and get into their system. After 1 week her crying was less and she was not a sick baby, the colic returned sometimes but it was not so severe for her to suffer.
My other daughter was not helped by Infacol but a natural remedy was better effective for her. My friends baby also does not get relief from Infacol so I think it is luck if it helps your baby or not and there are other things to try if this does not work.
I think it is worth trying if you baby gets symptoms that you think might be colic. For babies who have a good reaction the product is very effective and if it does not work then you have tried it out at least.
A bottle of Infacol costs about £3 and you can buy it in all supermarkets and pharmacies. Each bottle has 100 doses. You use it before every feed so it depends upon how many feeds you baby has for how long a bottle will last.
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When my daughter was first born, she seemed to have some pain with wind. It was difficult to get her to burp and she would pull her legs up a lot after feeding. I knew she didn't have colic because she wasn't crying all the time, she just seemed uncomfortable and it was difficult to settle her to sleep after a feed. I also spoke to the health visitors who agreed - she didn't seem to have colic. I asked if it would be ok to give her gripe water, as a couple of friends had suggested trying it. The health visitor explained that it would be fine but gripe water does contain sugar and they suggested I try Infacol.
Gripe water can only be used once your baby is a month old but Infacol can be used from birth. Infacol needs to be used a couple of times for it to work and requires constant use for it to work effectively. It needs to be given you baby before each feed. Basically the ingredient within the Infacol (Simeticone) is supposed to bring all the little air bubbles together to form one nice bubble for your baby to burp. I'm sure the science is more complicated than that but this is how it was explained to me.
Infacol is sold in Tesco for £2.75 and I found the bottle would last about 2-3 weeks. The bottle contains 50ml and once opened you can only use the bottle for 28 days. The bottle has a dropper attached to the lid to it is easy to give the medicine to your baby. You just need to give your baby one dropper full before each and every feed. I would lay my baby fairly flat across my lap and drop the medicine near the back of her mouth to one side to allow her the chance to swallow it. As the weeks progressed she soon began to learn the routine and looked forward to the medicine because she knew she was about to be fed. It was much easier to give her the medicine at this point.
Infacol is a white fluid that smells of oranges and is fairly runny. It has a similar consistency to Calpol. Infacol does not contain any sugar or alcohol and apparently is completely harmless. I was told that a baby could drink the whole bottle and there would be no side affects - I would not be willing to find out if this is true or not and would not recommend that anyone else try this!
I no longer use this product because my daughter doesn't need it anymore but I would certainly recommend it and have recommended it to my friends who are having babies. It really did help my daughter burp easier.
Thanks for reading.
Infacol was the first medicine we used with my daughter when she had colic. It came in a white and red bottle, which cost us £2.89 from Boots. It should be used within 28 days of being opened.
It is taken orally before a feed to help babies bring their wind up, and to help with any pain the colic and griping is giving them. You can give a baby as many dosages as required. Each bottle contains a dropper-you should give your child one dropper full. If you still don't see an improvement within a few days then you can then increase the dosage to two droppers. If this still doesn't work after a few days then the doctor/health visitor will probably prescribe something else. My health visitor told me that this normally works for mild colic, but that it doesn't work as fast as most of the other colic medicines.
Infacol has an orange smell and taste to it, so we had no trouble getting my daughter to take her dosage. It contains no alcohol, sugar or colourants.
This didn't work for my daughter, but my health visitor did say my daughter had an extreme case. This actually made my daughter sick. It is definitely worth giving it a try if your baby has colic, as it is very affordable-and I do know a lot of people who it has worked for. The bottle is meant to contain enough for a hundred doses, so a little goes a long way.
Details about Infacol
Infacol simeticone is a medicine for babies to relieve wind, infant colic, and griping pain. It is an oral suspension and it is suitable for new born babies. Infacol is available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and various other pharmacies in the United Kingdom and the price tends to vary around £4.20.
Review of Infacol in comparison to gripe water
About a year ago my daughter used to suffer from constant colic. I used to give her gripe water and this used to work perfectly well! However, one day we ran out of gripe water and I rushed to my local chemist at 9pm to discover that they had no gripe water in stock and so I purchased a bottle of Infacol for the first time for £4.20. I gave it to my baby when she got home and she found it very effective as she stopped crying immediately. However I do think that my daughter prefers the taste of gripe water but she does like both.
I now keep the Infacol as a back up for gripe water, just incase either one is not enough to cure the stomach ache! A bottle of gripe water tends to run out more quickly than Infacol though, thats why I prefer to have a bottle of Infacol around! Infacol also has a longer expiry date! Gripe water has an expiry date of two weeks when as Infacol has an expiry date of two years on some bottles!
50ml / Aims to relieves infant colic and griping / Relieves wind, infant colic and griping pain / Suitable to use from birth onwards / Our most popular treatment for this condition.