I was lucky enough that my first-born Harper, was a relatively “easy” baby. She just ate, slept and pooped, she was a very content newborn. So, when Willow was born and begun grunting, drawing her legs up, crying and screaming I realised we had ventured into the unknown; colic.
At first, I thought it was just reflux and she was suffering with a bit of gas. However, as time went on she got worse and was always the most unsettled between 5-9pm. I couldn’t bear to see her be so uncomfortable any longer, so I took her to the paediatrician who confirmed she has reflux and colic – yep a double whammy.
“Colic” is like a swear word in motherhood, when you tell people your baby has it they look at you, cringe and say ‘ohh I’m sorry”. Every parent knows how hard it is for both mum and bub when a child has digestive issues like colic. There is a constant battle going on in the tummy between good and bad bacteria. Digestive problems can be a sign that the bad bacteria ones are winning this battle. The good bacteria are needing some extra help!
It just breaks my heart seeing her in pain, it also made feeding times difficult; she was so uncomfortable, she would squirm, draw her legs up and scream. I started doing some research and decided to begin trying some things that may help her symptoms. The first step I took was cutting out dairy; this seemed to help with the reflux side of things, but the colic still continued. I took Willow to the paediatric chiropractor which would ultimately help with digestion if she needed any gentle adjustments. This helped but was a bit of hit and miss. I decided to go see the local GP as I was getting desperate (and very tired).
The doctor recommended BioGaia Probiotic Drops.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are dietary supplements, like vitamins and minerals. The word probiotic means “for life”. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines probiotics as live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
I was happy to see it wasn’t in powder form like most probiotics I’ve tried with the kids. I remember trying to give Harper powder probiotics as a baby and it was very messy especially whilst breastfeeding (have you tried balancing powder on your nipple before?!). BioGaia Probiotic Drops are a clear tasteless liquid that you can feed to bub on a spoon, your nipple or in their bottle once a day.
We were using them for only a couple of days and I saw an improvement in her digestion and she was much more settled around witching hour! When Nestlé approached me to try the BioGaia Probiotic Drops and share my experience I was more than happy to! As we were already using them! (this is why I love blogging- being able to share my genuine experiences to help other mothers).
The doctor explained they contain Lactobacillus reuteri which helps restore the good bacteria in the tummy and is also found in breastmilk. It’s one of the first bacteria naturally present in your newborn’s digestive system. There are also no harsh ingredients in the drops like harmful chemicals, allergens or preservatives; and no fish, wheat or dairy.
Willow is 2 months old now and still has issues with colic on occasion but there has been a great improvement! I am going to continue using the BioGaia Probiotic Drops along with chiropractic appointments and I’m sure this colicky experience will pass in no time!
*Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, please see your healthcare professional.
**These views are the personal views of Steph Pase and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.
***This post was sponsored by Nestlé BioGaia Probiotic Drops, but this experience and opinions are authentic and entirely my own.
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