Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops, 10ml
Lactase enzyme drops to reduce lactose content in breast milk and infant formula
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops are lactase enzyme drops to which reduces the lactose content in breast milk and infant formula. Lactose is a complex sugar found in milk, dairy products, infant formulas and breast milk.
Lactase is the enzyme usually produced by our bodies to break down lactose into more simple sugars so our bodies can absorb it. The immature digestive system of some babies can have trouble breaking down the lactose in milk into more simple sugars. Transient lactase deficiency has been highlighted by NHS as a cause of infantile colic.1
Care Co-Lactase Infant Drops are sugar, preservative and flavour free.
Always read the label.
Who can use this product?
It can be used for babies from birth onwards. Care Co-Lactase should only be used for as long as it takes the infant to produce enough of its own lactase enzyme as the gut develops – typically at around 3 – 4 months. Your doctor or health visitor can tell you more about how transient lactase deficiency can affect your baby. You should see an improvement after 1 week. If symptoms persist after this time please speak to your Healthcare Professional. If the baby responds to lactase drops this does not necessarily mean that they are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is a rare condition that affects very few babies with infantile colic. (NICE Guidelines 2014) Always read the label.
How to use this product?
Care Co-lactase enzyme drops can be added to breast milk and formula milk every time you feed. Do not give the drops directly to your baby.
- Breast Feeding:
Express a few tablespoons of breast milk into a small sterilised container. Add 4 drops of Care Co-Lactase. Give this to your baby on a sterilised plastic spoon or using a syringe and continue breast feeding as normal.
- Infant formula:
Make the baby formula according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add 4 drops of Care Co-Lactase to the formula when at feeding temperature. Do not add Care Co-Lactase to the formula if it is hot. Shake the formula and feed as normal. Discard any unused formula.
- Expressed Breast Milk:
– Defrost the milk if necessary and warm to feeding temperature.
– Add 4 drops of Care Co-Lactase® to the milk when warm. Please note: Do not add Care Co-Lactase® to the milk if it is hot.
– Shake the milk and feed as normal.
– Discard any unused milk.
- Making formula in advance:
Make the baby formula according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add 2 drops of Care Co-Lactase to warm (not hot) milk and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours. The prepared formula must be used within 12 hours of making it. Warm to feeding temperature as normal when you need to feed. Discard any unused formula.
- You should see an improvement after 1 week. If symptoms persist after this time please speak to your Healthcare Professional. If the baby responds to lactase drops this does not necessarily mean that they are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is a rare condition that affects very few babies with infantile colic. (NICE Guidelines 2014) Always read the label.
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Always read the leaflet/label carefully before use.
If in doubt, always talk to a healthcare professional.
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Reporting of side effects
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