We believe colic is the result of immature gut. Babies are born without digestive bacteria and this takes time to develop. Undigested milk ferments and forms gas which gets trapped in the lower bowel and causes cramping pain as the baby tries to squeeze the gas out.
40% of babies will suffer colic symptoms in their first weeks of life and this goes up to 70% after a Caesar birth where the lack of fluid exchange in the birth canal and the use of antibiotics also compromise digestive development.
How long will my baby suffer from colic?air-gap2018-08-01T12:30:16+10:00
Every baby is different when it comes to this question – it can be weeks or months depending on the baby. The use of our recommended probiotic –Qiara- to encourage the development of gut flora significantly reduces the time a baby suffers from colic symptoms.
On average the combination treatment corrects colic in 4-6 weeks.
Does breastfeeding help or prevent colic?air-gap2018-08-01T12:30:52+10:00
Because colic is caused by immature gut, overfeeding and feeding too often can worsen colic symptoms by placing more strain on the baby’s immature digestive system. We recommend at least three hours between feeds. Cluster feeding can also be a problem as babies tend to get too much of the lactose rich foremilk and not enough of the nutrient rich hind milk.
What is the difference between colic and reflux and how do I know which one my baby has?air-gap2021-02-14T22:00:02+10:00
Colic is the result of trapped wind and reflux is a physical condition where the sphincter between the stomach and the oesophagus is loose and allows regurgitation of the stomach contents back into the oesophagus. The stomach contents are acidic so this causes discomfort for the baby. Reflux babies often vomit a lot even between feeds and they are sometimes fussy feeders due to their discomfort – they can also be slow to gain weight. Babies can also suffer from silent reflux where they don’t vomit so much but gulp the regurgitation back down. This can also mean they take in more air which can lead to colic symptoms. For these babies the reflux is a symptom of colic. Some babies are unfortunate enough to suffer from both reflux and colic and it can also be hard to tell the difference between the two conditions.
Why should I use a probiotic?air-gap2018-08-01T12:36:30+10:00
Probiotics build digestive flora so help to mature the gut at a faster rate than natural development. The combination of a probiotic and Willby’s mean that the underlying cause is being treated plus Willby’s provides symptomatic relief to immediately relieve the pain of colic.
Qiara, our recommended probiotic, contains the strain of probiotic naturally occurring in breast milk so it seeds the gut to start building your baby’s digestive system. The breastfeeding Qiara is taken by both mum and baby and Qiara Infant is recommended for bottle fed babies.