INGREDIENTSWe believe combining natural ingredients together produces an effective treatment for infant colic. Below are the ingredients used in Willby’s products as well as a description of how they work to relieve colic symptoms.
Limonum as Sodium Citrate
BP 19 (British Pharmacopoeia)
Sodium citrate is naturally occurring in lemon juice. It has a long historical use in the treatment of reflux. It is used to prevent the formation of milk into indigestible curds in the baby’s stomach. Undigested milk curd may pass unchanged through the intestine causing gut irritation which can interfere with the process of normal digestion. The abnormal curdling of milk may be modified or controlled by sodium citrate. Sodium citrate will also reduce acidity and assist the digestive process by breaking up large pockets of gas in the colon. Even though colic and reflux are two different conditions, many babies with reflux may benefit from the acid reducing properties of sodium citrate.
as Dill Water
The word “Dill” means to “calm or soothe” and most likely originates from the plant’s ability to calm troubled stomachs. Dill is known for having demonstrated anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic activity which is why it helps the pain of colic. It is also a calmative herb, which means that it helps digestion by dissolving and expelling trapped gas. Dill can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and aid in the digestive process. It also soothes and settles the gut wall, having a general calming effect on the overall digestive system.
Belladonna Tincture BP (British Pharmacopoeia)
Atropa Belladona Tincture
Belladonna Tincture is a herb that has been used in medicine for centuries as a pain reliever, muscle relaxant and anti-inflammatory. It has a history of medically documented use since 1809. Belladonna tincture is produced to a standard (British Pharmacopoeia) for medicinal use in compounded medications in Australia. It can be purchased for use by registered pharmacists.
There are many and varied accounts of the uses of belladonna available. Some accounts represent situations where the dosages and levels of belladonna used have been unregulated and in quantities that are not comparable with our use.
If used correctly in appropriate doses set by pharmacists, it is an effective treatment for many conditions. Often the side-effects reported are what occurs in situations of overdose because of unregulated or unsupervised use.
Belladonna tincture is classified as Schedule 2 in the SUSMP (Standard for the uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons) which is also known as the Poison’s Standard produced by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration). In the quantities we use, it is considered an S2 medication, it does not require a prescription but can only be sold from a pharmacy.
Why do we use Belladonna
Tincture at Willby’s?
Despite being more expensive, belladonna tincture as an active ingredient provides faster, more effective treatment at much lower doses than synthetic alternatives. The leaves of the belladonna plant contain an active flavanol glycoside which greatly increases the absorption rate to around 15 seconds for rapid relief.
Belladonna tincture is a highly effective antispasmodic and is especially effective in reducing cramping of the stomach in infants and adults with conditions like colic or irritable bowel syndrome.
Belladonna tincture relieves spasm and soothes muscles. It has been used to treat conditions such as colitis, overactive bladder, diverticulitis, renal and biliary colic, irritable bowel syndrome and infant colic. Belladonna tincture also reduces secretions of stomach acid and this dual role makes it effective in treating baby colic and reflux.
How we use
We use belladonna tincture in doses that are well within therapeutic guidelines for babies. Dosages are tailored to each baby and adjusted according to weight and symptoms. All initial doses are well below the maximum allowable and are approved and adjusted by registered pharmacists.
The use of belladonna tincture as an active ingredient in compounded medications is not recommended for babies with liver or kidney disorders and babies with down syndrome. Paralytic ileus and tachycardia are contraindications for use.
How should this medication be used?
Only use as prescribed on the label.
What special precautions should I follow?
Not recommended for use in individuals with contraindications.
Willby’s products do not contain dairy or soy
What effects will I see in my baby and are they harmful?
Medications often come accompanied by unwanted side effects but not everyone will experience them. When you are recommended a medicine, it is important to ask your pharmacist questions about side effects and how they may impact you.
At Willby’s we pride ourselves on the full disclosure of possible side effects, so we encourage you to read and contact us directly if anything is unclear or of a concern.
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects as your little one may not experience any of them but if they do, we will work alongside you to guide you every step of the way.
The use of all our ingredients in the mix are according to therapeutic guidelines doses are tailored to each baby. All initial doses are below the maximum allowable dose and are adjusted regularly by our registered pharmacists.
Potential side effects that may occur with normal dosage:
- Facial flushing( similar to blushing)
- Decreased gut motility
- Decreased stomach acid secretion
Less common side effects that may occur with regular dosing
- Dilated pupils
- Dry mouth
- Rapid breathing
Symptoms associated with overdose
- Urinary retention
- Skin rashes
- Pupil dilation
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them
Please call 1300 794232 to speak directly to one of our pharmacists if you have any questions.