Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Sherry | 2012-05-10

Q.

Some questions

Hi there 

Please could I ask your advise on the following questions?

1. My little girl is 12 weeks old. She developed colic and after trying all remedies we found Lennons Behoedmiddel to work the best. I am giving her 2ml 3 times a day. If at any stage I miss her dose she gets incredibly crampy and uncomfortable. When should I stop giving it her?

2. She developed an allergy to milk. She was originally on NAN and we moved her over to Isomil. I make her 150ml and she will drink 4-5 bottles a day. However, some of those feeding can take up to an hour. She gets terribly fussy and will only drink 10ml at a time. Is there a reason for this, should I be concerned?

3. I''m concerned about the colour of her stools. Its very dark in colour, like a dark green, is that normal?

4. Lastly, when should I start her on solids? I''ve read between 4-6 months of age, when baby is interested in food and/or reaches for it and can sit " assisted" . She is at all levels but I think it might still be too soon?

Thank you

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The verhoedmiddel is an old fashioned treatment for colic in infants that has been used for years. I cannot find any information about the ingredients,but it may contain quite a high dose of alcohol. Your baby should be over her colic by the age of 4 months. Try to use as little of this remedy as possible and continue to try to stop using it from time to time to see if her colic is over for good.
It is difficult to know why your baby drinks well at times and struggles at other times. In presume that you have checked that it nothing to do with the teat of the bottle.
Her stools are normal for a baby who is being fed on a soya formula.
Your baby should only start on solids when she is 6 months.

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