SWITCHING BABY’S BOTTLE
SHOWN TO EASE THE SYMPTOMS OF COLIC
A recent colic survey carried
out by Consumer Analysis Ltd., revealed that the third most common
treatment for baby’s colicky symptoms, after giving medicine and using
massage, was to change the feeding bottle used to another brand.
Of the 28% of mums who changed
their baby’s bottle to an alternative brand, 43% chose Dr Brown’s
Natural Flow feeding system as their number one choice. Amazingly,
three quarters, (75%) who used this brand went on to report an
improvement in their baby’s colic symptoms, a result completely
outperforming all the other brands used. 35% also stated that it worked
instantly – after just one feed with over half, (53%) seeing an
improvement within a day in their baby’s colicky symptoms.
The survey also revealed that
almost half of all babies in the UK will suffer with colic in their
early weeks and months, yet the condition still remains poorly
understood. There is no known cure for colic but there are a wide range
of medicinal remedies available which the survey revealed were not
always welcomed by mums. In fact, 46% of them reported they were
concerned about giving medicine to such young babies.
The constant crying associated
with ‘colicky’ babies proved distressing for parents, with the study
revealing that many parents failed to understand why their well-fed and
healthy baby wouldn’t stop crying. It showed that even if they did
recognise that their baby had colic many didn’t know what to do about it
or who to turn to.
Many mums reported getting very
different messages from their health professionals on how to treat their
baby’s colic. Seemingly unable to agree on the best course of action to
take, some GP’s avoided prescribing medicines altogether, whilst others
believed it to be the best solution. Many recommended gripe water and
rubbing the baby’s tummy or back. Subsequently, frustrated and
sleep-deprived mums reported being left to their own devices, trying out
multiple different ‘cures’. Some of the more obscure remedies noted
included, boiling cumin seeds and giving the baby the water, while some
breast-feeding mums had tried drinking fennel tea to solve the problem.
Mums who opted to change their
bottles to Dr Brown’s Natural Flow feeding system also reported that
their baby appeared not to be sucking in as much air as with other
brands. Many said that they had tried all sorts of colic remedies to no
avail before switching to this brand. Improvements were seen with some
of the other brands of bottles used, but often mums couldn’t be certain
if it was the bottle that had made the difference or not, as they were
using other ‘methods’ at the same time, such as anti colic teats,
drops or medicine. However, they did report that Dr Brown’s Natural Flow
had resulted in the quickest improvements, noticing a marked difference
after an average of 5.4 feeds.
Key findings revealed:
o Dr Brown’s Natural Flow
was the first choice (43%) for mums changing their baby’s bottle to
relieve the symptoms of colic.
o Three quarters of
babies with colic (75%) whose mums changed to Dr Brown’s Natural Flow
saw improvement in their colicky symptoms after their bottles were
o Only two out of five
mums with young babies (42%) could correctly name one or more of the
symptoms of colic.
o According to mums in
the survey, the most well known sign of colic is the baby’s legs curling
up to their stomach (26%), followed by long periods of crying (23%).
o Colic led 62% of mums
to be frustrated that they couldn’t solve the problem, 29% felt that the
crying caused a lot of stress in the household an a fifth (20%) felt
guilty because they thought that they were doing something wrong.
o Concerned mums were
more likely to turn to their health visitor than their mum for advice
about their colicky baby (47% vs. 29%).
Consumer Analysis Ltd
http://www.c-a-g.co.uk/ undertook this survey, commissioned by
Central Medical Supplies Ltd
http://www.centralmedical.co.uk with a view to producing a set of
independent, practical recommendations for a better understanding of
colic, its symptoms and remedies. Taking place in May 2010, 1000
respondents took part across 12 UK regions.
Brown’s Natural Flow is a fully vented, vacuum free baby bottle. The
company’s goal is to provide the best technology-driven products
available whether a baby is fed on expressed breast milk or infant