We get lots of questions from parents whose newborns are experiencing symptoms of colic and wind discomfort asking how early they can start using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid, how much to give, and how to give it. If this is your first time using Infants’ Friend, you may also be wondering about these things.
New parents will be pleased to hear that Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is indeed safe to use from birth. The gentle nature of the active ingredients contained within the Oral Liquid ensures that babies can benefit from using Infants’ Friend from their first day earth-side, without any harm.
There are several factors that are important for you to know if this is your first time using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid, including how much to give, so before you rush off to buy your first bottle, take a quick look at the tips below to make sure you are doing everything you can for your baby (and your own sanity) at this point in time.
Colic can be very distressing for parents and babies alike. Often parents become concerned when their baby becomes very upset, with long periods of intense crying. In the case of colic, babies can seem to be very uncomfortable, may appear to be in pain and generally they are inconsolable.
This is a very difficult time for you as a parent as you just want to do whatever you can to take the pain away! These symptoms may be referred to as “colic”. For more information on what colic is, you can visit our blog, Infants’ Colic Explained.
Tips and tricks for your first time using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid
Don’t forget a dropper
While you’re out picking up your first bottle of Infants’ Friend, don’t forget to also pick up a medicinal dropper if you don’t already have one at home. Droppers are readily available at most pharmacies, are inexpensive and reusable. Droppers make it easy to measure out and administer the recommended dose of Oral Liquid for your baby. Your bottle of Oral Liquid does not come with a dropper as many families already have a dropper at home. If you don’t – make sure you get one while you’re out!
How much Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid should I give my baby?
Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is not dose critical and an extra couple of drops above the recommended dosage will not harm your baby.
- For infants who are one day old up to one month old, we recommend 5 to 10 drops (0.25 – 0.5 ml) before or after each feed, and if necessary between feeds.
- For infants one to three months old, we recommend 10 to 20 drops (0.5 – 1.0 ml) before or after each feed, and if necessary between feeds.
You can find more information about recommended dosage for babies three months and over here.
What is the best way to give Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid to my baby?
The simplest way to give Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid to your baby is by using a medicinal dropper. You can use the dropper to accurately measure out the dose, and then easily administer the dose directly on to your baby’s tongue.
Other popular methods of administering the Oral Liquid include giving the dose with water or adding the dose to your baby’s bottle. It is fine to add the Oral Liquid to formula.
If you are adding Infants’ Friend to your baby’s bottle, one thing to remember is to always add the dosage just prior to feeding. We do not recommend re-heating a bottle with Infants’ Friend already in it, as microwaves do not heat evenly and this could reduce the effectiveness of the Oral Liquid.
How often should I give Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid to my baby?
Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be given before or after each feed, and if necessary it can also be given between feeds. For example, a young baby feeds about every 3-4 hours, meaning Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be administered 6-7 times in any 24 hour period. This is only if entirely necessary and most parents usually find that three to four doses in a 24 hour period is sufficient to help relieve their baby from colic and wind discomfort.
There are no harmful or addictive ingredients in the Oral Liquid, so the dosage is not critical and you can experiment with the frequency to establish what works best for your baby.
We hope that these tips help make your first time using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid a breeze and bring some much needed relief to you and your baby!
If you have any further questions about using Infants’ Friend, please contact us. If you have any health concerns, please seek professional medical advice.
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