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DISCONTINUED - CHRISTOPHERS - Kid-e-Col Colic and Teething Drops - 2 fl. oz. (59 ml)
Christophers Original Formulas Kid e Col
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Vitamin Grocer Price $14.03
Package Description: 2 fl. oz. (59 ml)
Serving Size: 10 Drops
Number of Servings: 114
Unit Type: Each

Stock Status:In Stock
Product Code: 26738

Description Facts Warnings
In most cases when infants suffer intestinal colic they stick to the rule of 3 : they start in babies older than 3 weeks, last for at least 3 hours a day, and at least 3 times a week. Bouts of colic usually start late in the afternoon: a baby suddenly becomes restless, periodically tightens legs to its stomach, hogs, blushes, and cries. In between bouts the baby stays calm, has a good appetite, and normal rate of weight gain.

Why do babies have colic?

There are lots of reasons for intestinal colic, but they all fall into two broad groups: organic and functional.
Most colicky babies are functional in nature. Despite the fact that the colic may be very intense, it is not associated with serious violations in the state of the baby s health and is temporary in nature.

It is known that during the first months of life even healthy children may experience reduced activity of digestive enzymes and functional immaturity of the peripheral and central mechanisms of intestinal innervation. As a result, the intestines produce lots of gases, while the imperfection of intestinal motility leads to the lack of appetite and spasms, which are accompanied by painful sensations. In addition, it is in the age from 3 weeks to 3 months of life when intestinal micro flora starts its development and the formation of the baby s own defenses. The rapid proliferation of microorganisms is accompanied by a large amount of gases, which expand bowel loops and cause pain in infants. In addition, intestinal colic may be affected by the mother s diet, i.e. when she consumes products known to increase gas formation. Moreover, there is evidence that maternal smoking increases the frequency and duration of colic in the baby. The psychological mood in the family is also of great importance: when parents are often anxious or worried children suffer longer from infantile colic.

However, we must always remember that the development of intestinal colic can have organic causes. In this case, the spasms are the symptom of some diseases such as lactase deficiency, intolerance to cow's milk protein, neurological diseases, tongue-tie, and anatomical defects of the upper and lower jaw. If you suspect any of these disorders, you should consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

How to Help the Baby

If your baby has a functional intestinal colic, remember that it is of temporary and harmless nature - this is the stage when the baby s body learns to work by itself. In this case, you can try to improve the psychological climate and create an aura of confidence in the family. Mothers should avoid all products that increase gas production: whole milk, yeast cakes, fresh bread, very sweet fruit, vegetables containing coarse-fibered cellulose, and beans. And after feeding the baby, you should hold him or her vertically so that the excess air goes out.

In addition to these measures, there are many effective preventive remedies that will help to reduce or relieve the baby from intestinal colic. One of the most powerful, yet gentle in nature herbal remedies is Dr. Christopher s Kid-e-Col Extract. It has a mild carminative and antispasmodic effect. The composition of such herbal ingredients as catnip and fennel seed extract is known to increase the secretion of gastric juices and improve the breakdown and absorption of food. Kid-e-Col Extract stimulates peristalsis and prevents flatulence as well as relieves spasms and pain during intestinal colic.

Compared with teas and other dietary supplements, Dr. Christopher s formula has several advantages that are especially important in the pediatric practice. Its efficacy and good tolerability shows that even newborn babies can use it with no or minimal side effects. Due to its pleasant taste, children of any age will be happy to drink Kid-e-Col.
For colic: 10 to 15 drops 3 times a day or every hour as needed.
For teething: place 3 - 4 drops on finger or soak a Q-tip and swab gums.

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