Are there any Side Effects to Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid?


It is common for parents to wonder if there are any side effects from using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid for their baby or child.

A lot of parents are concerned that as the product is working so well, they think there must be a downside to this wonderful liquid and so maybe there are some side effects?!??

This product is extremely safe to use and has no known side effects. Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the regulatory agency for pharmaceuticals in Australia and has been in use for more than eighty years.

Oral Liquid does what you want it to do and that is help relieve colic, wind pain, teething and restlessness in your baby and does not cause any nasty or even minor side effects.

If you are using Infants’ Friend for a particular reason, for example teething pain, you may notice your child’s bowels move more regularly. This is not necessarily a side effect but rather one of the issues that the oral liquid is designed to help with. There is nothing harmful either about more frequent bowel motions in this case.

Some infants may have an allergic reaction if the product is spilt around the mouth. This is usually caused by a reaction with the main Active Ingredients, which are Essential Oils. Sometimes, these can cause a reaction to an infant’s sensitive skin, but the ‘reddening’ of the skin will disappear quite quickly and is not harmful.

And did you know Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is even safe and suitable to use from birth? For more information on this you can read more here 

If you have any concerns about your baby’s particular issues or needs, please talk directly with your Pharmacist or Doctor.

The Many Uses for Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid

600-2Many of us know that Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is used to help with colic in young babies. We are constantly hearing how many of you find this to work well with your baby and are very happy with the results.

But did you know that once your baby moves through this phase early in their lives, that you may be able to keep the Oral Liquid on hand to aid in other ailments your child may experience?

You may also find that Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can assist with:

  • Restlessness and irritation caused by inflamed gums during teething
  • Keeping your baby’s bowels regular
  • Relieving wind in the bowels
  • Producing natural, quiet sleep, by relieving the child from colic and wind

Teething is something that can cause upset in many babies and something that a lot of Mums and Dads don’t realise that Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can assist with.

It is important to note that for each of the above, including for teething, you simply administer Infants’ Friend in the same way as described on the bottle for it to have its best effect.

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If you are concerned with any health issue your child may be experiencing, please remember to talk to your Doctor.

Is it safe to use Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid over a long period of time?

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You may have found that your bub has responded well to Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid and you have realised that you have been using it for quite some time now!

There is no need to be concerned if this is you – when you’re onto a good thing why not stick with it, right?!

Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is safe to use as per the recommended dosage for as long as is needed. There is no problem with doing this we are happy to report.

The reason for this is because there are no addictive ingredients in the Oral Liquid formula.

The product contains no scheduled drugs, and is basically a mixture of healthy aromatic and carminative oils and antacids.

This product is extremely safe to use and has no known side effects. The product is registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the regulatory agency for pharmaceuticals in Australia.

How long can Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid be administered – is there a time when you shouldn’t use this product?

One of the most frustrating parts about babies with colic is that it can continue on for an indefinite period of time. This time can be very testing, not to mention the amount of anxiety it can cause you to feel at the pain and upset state your child seems to be in for much of this time.

As long as you believe Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is assisting in providing a comfortable sleep for your baby and relieving wind and colic pain, you can continue usage.  There are no ingredients that are addictive or that produce harmful side effects.

You may find also that once your baby’s colic has subsided, that he/she suffers from bouts of wind – something that the Oral Liquid can also help with.

Then there is the teething… but wait Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can help with that too! Just when you think you can put the bottle away as you won’t need it any longer – there appears another reason to use it once more. No wonder it is also referred to as Parents’ Friend!

Of course, if you have any specific, ongoing health concerns with your child it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist.

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What is the best way to give Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid to your infant?

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So you’ve just started using Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid or you are thinking of using it for the first time.

You’re most likely finding that your baby is responding to it well and you may even be enjoying a tiny little bit more sleep throughout the night as a result!

As the Oral Liquid comes in a bottle, you may be wondering what IS the best way to give it to my baby? It may seem a little awkward at first.

You can rest assured that Oral Liquid can be given in a variety of ways all with similar levels of success. What you need to do is work out the best way that suits you and your baby.

Why not try one or more of the following ways and see which one works best for you?

Before you do though, if you haven’t used it before, you may like to read this article on our blog here which reminds you that you will need a dropper before you try these different methods.

  1. No matter which method you choose, make sure you shake the bottle well first!
  2. If you are breastfeeding, Oral Liquid can be given before or after each feed, and if necessary, between feeds. If you read this article here, you will know that you need to buy a dropper while you are at the chemist. Use this dropper to give the Oral Liquid to your baby directly onto their tongue.
  3. You can give Oral Liquid with water. Simply draw out some Oral Liquid from the bottle, then drop the recommended number of drops into a small amount of water, then give to your baby as you normally would – using a spoon, bottle, sippy cup etc.
  4. If you are feeding your baby with infant formula in a bottle, or even juice in a bottle, you can simply drop the recommended number of drops into the formula as you make it up. This way, your child will get it as they feed on the bottle.
  5. If your child drinks water or juice from a bottle or sippy cup, you can add the recommended number of drops into there as well.


Which ways will you try? Which way do you prefer? Tell us on our Facebook page.

As we mentioned earlier, each method works equally well, it’s all about doing what’s best and most convenient for you and your baby.

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What age can I start using Infants Friend with my baby?

Using Infants’ Friend for the first time.

We are often asked at what age you can start using Infants Friend for your baby.
Age of baby

Gladly we can tell you that you can indeed use the Oral Liquid from birth.

There are several factors that are important for you to know if you are going to try Oral Liquid at this age, including how much to give, so before you rush off to your nearest Chemist, 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.

Often mums become concerned when their baby becomes very upset, with long periods of crying. Baby seems to be very uncomfortable, he/she 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” and for more information on what that is take a look at a separate post we’ve done for you on colic.


Tips and Information When Using Infants Friend for the First Time

Don’t forget a Dropper
While you’re at the Chemist, pick up a dropper to use to give your baby the recommended amount of Oral Liquid. Your bottle of Oral Liquid does not come with a dropper as many families have a dropper at home. If you don’t – make sure you get one while you’re out!

How much do I give?
For infants up to a month old use 5 to 10 drops (0.25 – 0.5 ml).
For infants 1 to 3 months old use 10 to 20 drops (0.5 – 1.0 ml).
Dose is NOT critical – an extra couple of drops will not harm your baby.

What is the best way to give Infants’ Friend and when?

  • Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be given with each feed. For example, a young baby feeds about every 3-4 hours. Therefore Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be administered 6-7 times in any 24 hour period. This is only if entirely necessary. Usually, 3 to 4 doses in a 24 hour period is sufficient.
  • Infants’ Friend can be given before OR after each feed and if necessary, between feeds. Just experiment to work out when is the most suitable time for you and baby. It can be given with water or administered directly on the tongue (with the dropper).
  • If your baby is bottle fed – Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be put into the bottle and is fine to add to Formula.

We hope these tips give you and baby some much needed relief!

If you have any further questions of if you have any health concerns, please consult your doctor.

For more information on Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid – refer to our website here
and/or FAQ’s here

What is Nappy Rash?

(from: Better Health Channel)

Nappy rash is commonly caused when a baby’s skin is exposed to a wet or dirty nappy for too long. Symptoms may include rash, blistering and ulcers. Prevention and treatment include more frequent nappy changes, use of a gentle barrier cream and avoiding skin irritants such as soap and some wipes. Severe nappy rash needs prompt medical attention.

Refer to: Nappy Rash  for more detail on causes and how to treat Nappy Rash.


What is Infant’s Colic

Colic in infants

People tell me I have a Colicky baby – what does this mean?

Many babies go through a period of having unexplained and regular crying each day. This usually happens between the ages of about two weeks and 16 weeks but has been known to last much longer.  The bouts of crying can be very extended (hours at a time) and occur mostly in the afternoons and evenings. The baby seems to be suffering from abdominal pain. Colic affects around one in three babies.

Symptoms of colic

Colic tends to appear in the first two to four weeks of life and peaks at around six to eight weeks of age. Usually, the baby seems quite happy until the late afternoon or early evening. Symptoms include:

  • Frowning and grimacing
  • Reddening of the face
  • The baby may pull up its legs, suggesting stomach pains
  • Loud and long screaming fits
  • Loud tummy rumblings
  • The baby cannot be consoled
  • The crying lasts for three hours or more
  • The baby passes wind or faeces (poo) around the time the crying stops, which could be coincidental
  • The baby recovers, none the worse for the experience.

The cause of colic

Despite much research into this common condition, the cause of colic remains unknown. There are many theories; however, some babies have colic when no clear factors seem to be the cause. Popular theories include:

  • Maternal diet– certain foods in the mother’s diet may cause symptoms of food allergy or intolerance in her breastfed baby. Some studies have found that particular foods eaten by the mother including cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, chocolate, onions and cow’s milk can cause an attack of colic in her breastfed infant.
  • Maternal drug-taking– caffeine and nicotine in breast milk have been linked to infant irritability, since the baby’s body isn’t able to efficiently get rid of these substances.
  • Feeling of fullness– babies may overreact to the unfamiliar sensations of gas or fullness and may interpret these feelings as painful or alarming.
  • General immaturity – babies may take a few months to adjust to life outside the womb.


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