• Infantile Colic

    Infantile Colic

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Infant Colic is a common condition in babies characterised by excessive crying and inability to settle, particularly in the evening and night. Babies can often be seen to draw up their legs towards their stomach as though they are in pain.

Studies have shown Transient Lactase Deficiency to be an important cause of colic in some babies. It is believed that this is a result of babies being born with an immature digestive system, so that they do not produce sufficient quantities of the lactase enzyme to digest the lactose in their milk. If your baby is lactose intolerant, he/she may have diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating, or gas about 30 minutes to two hours after drinking breast milk or eating dairy products, like cheese or yogurt, once he/she starts eating solids

For the Natural & Safe management of Infantile colic & symptoms of Lactose Intolerance, Yamoo drops (Lactase enzyme drops) have been introduced for the first time in India that helps break down lactose, and thus help relieve the symptoms of Lactose Intolerance

If your child has symptoms of lactose intolerance, see your doctor right away. Diarrhea is very dangerous because it can lead to dehydration, a serious problem that requires immediate attention.

As the baby matures the levels of lactase enzyme naturally produced may increase so that by the time the baby is 3-4 months old it often grows out of its lactose intolerance symptoms (and its colic).

Many parents may be emotionally down and may feel too low to cope up with excessive crying babies.

Colic Symptoms

Typical symptoms of colic include:

  • Crying for long periods despite there being no obvious cause and despite attempts to console the baby, the crying may escalate to high pitched screaming.Symptoms tend to occur around the same time each day , often in the afternoon or early evenings and often after meal times
  • Baby shows signs of excess gas or flatulence , Baby’s abdomen appears bloated and may seem hard. While crying ,baby may show signs of stomach pain such as pulling their knees up to their chest, clenched fists, flailing arms and legs or an arched back
  • Baby experiences frequent sleeplessness, irritability or fussiness.
  • Paediatricians often use the “Rule of Three” to diagnose colic: “A baby that cries for three or more hours per day, at least three times a week, in the first three months of life.” About 25% of babies worldwide meet the official “Rule of Three” criteria for medical diagnosis of colic.

How Does Lactase Enzyme Drop Help Babies With Colic?

In India, there are reputed brands which offer natural safe lactase enzyme replacement therapy. Yamoo is one of them.

Yamoo drops is a safe and natural approach to infant colic. It is not a drug but is a natural enzyme that can be given to baby before feed to reduce the level of lactose in baby’s feed.

Administering Yamoo drops compensates for a possible temporary lactase deficiency in baby’s digestive system. Yamoo drops drops greatly reduces the level of lactose in the feed, allowing it to be digested normally without causing the symptoms of lactose intolerance. It is important, however, that not all the lactose is converted so that baby’s body continues to manufacture its own lactase and in fact increases that production over time.

Studies have shown that in babies with colic the hours of crying may be reduced by a massive 45% when baby’s usual milk is treated with lactase supplements.

Another very important factor is that by using Yamoo drops, moms can continue to breast-feed even when their baby is lactose intolerant, which is beneficial for both the baby and mother.

If the child is crying excessively but otherwise healthy, the child may be crying due to lactose intolerance as between 1 to 6 months, infants are not able to produce sufficient lactose. In such cases parents can try one week trial of Lactase therapy (Yamoo drops). The very same is also recommended by International guidelines –NICE-2014 (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). If Lactase therapy improves the symptoms, it can be given till 4 to 6 months during infancy, post which they start producing sufficient amount of Lactase.

How to give Yamoo Drops to Infants

Yamoo drops comes in 15 ml bottle. Each 1 ml contains 600 FCC of Lactase Enzyme.

Dosage of Drops in Infants:
Direction I (for Breast feed): Add 4 to 5 drops of Yamoo Drops to a few ml of expressed breast milk. The foremilk contains most of the lactose. Wait a few minutes, give this mixture to the baby and then breast feed as normal.

Note: The foremilk contains most of the lactose. Hence we recommend waiting only for few minutes and then giving this mixture to baby and then breastfeed as normal. This method forms a "coating" for the baby’s digestive system which allows the remaining breastmilk to be digested normally

Direction II (for formula/ animal’s milk feed): Add 4-5 drops of Yamoo Drops to infant’s feed containing lactose/milk when it is warm(30℃ to 40℃), mix well and then feed the baby.

Note: It is recommended to wait for 30 minutes, as the formula feed will have well distributed lactose content in whole mixture. Mixing lactase drop and waiting for 30 minutes, will help to convert approximately 80% lactose.