FAQ2018-05-29T14:18:56+10:00
How do I purchase Willby’s Products?2021-02-12T18:33:33+10:00

To purchase Willby’s products, call 1300 794 232

Will burping help to relieve colic?2018-08-01T12:37:07+10:00

The short answer is no because burping releases air out of the stomach. The pain of colic is caused by trapped air much lower down in the colon of the digestive system.

Burping is beneficial to relieve tummy gas but regularly patting your baby on the back for twenty minutes trying to get a burp out is a waste of your time and your baby’s sleeping time.

If air bubbles in the tummy are not in the right place no amount of encouragement will get them out!

What if my baby has a pre-existing medical condition?2021-02-14T22:07:02+10:00

All medical conditions and concerns will be addressed with you in your phone consultation.

How do I know if my baby has colic?2018-08-01T12:29:11+10:00

Colic used to be diagnosed many ways including “purple crying” – when babies cried for more than three hours a day for three days a week for three weeks.

Don’t wait that long! Colic can be characterized by a combination of some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Clenched fists, drawing hands towards the chest, red in the face
  • Arching the back and stiffening through the midsection.
  • Crying and not settling by usual means such as feeding, cuddling
  • Gassy and bloated and farting a lot
  • Grunting, wriggling and squirming including during sleep
  • Random screaming as if in pain
What causes colic?2018-08-01T12:29:38+10:00

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?2018-08-01T12:30:16+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?2018-08-01T12:30:52+10:00

Latest studies appear to show no difference in colic rates between breastfed and bottle fed babies.

Can overfeeding make colic worse?2018-08-01T12:31:22+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?2021-02-14T22:00:02+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?2018-08-01T12:36:30+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.

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