FAQ – Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid
1. How often can each dose be given?
If necessary, 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 each 24 hours is sufficient.
2. How long can Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid be administered – is there a time when you shouldn’t use this product?
No – 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 produce harmful side effects.
3. How does Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid work?
The 3 Oils listed on the label (Cassia – which is Cinnamon, Aniseed, and Dill), have aromatic (pleasant taste) and carminative (relieves wind and flatulence) properties. The Magnesium Carbonate (similar to the ‘Milk of Magnesia’ from the old days) and Ammonium Bicarbonate are antacids which neutralise any excess acid. A property of the Magnesium Carbonate is that it has a slight laxative effect. This has been the same formula for over 80 years, and it is well tolerated and usually works.
4. Is Lactose Intolerance and Colic the same?
There are some similarities between the symptoms of Lactose intolerance and Colic, but you should be aware that a lactose intolerant infant usually has diarrhea. If you believe your infant is suffering from Lactose Intolerance or are unsure, please contact your general practitioner or pharmacist to seek professional advice and assistance.
5. Does Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid contain Alcohol?
Yes – about 0.4% of the total volume of the bottle, this is 6 or 7 drops in the whole bottle. The base of this product is purified water and oils and water do not mix.
The alcohol is included to act as a solubiliser (to assist in dissolving the main Active Ingredients (Essential Oils) in the water base of the product)) and as a preservative so the product retains a long shelf life without the need for refrigeration etc.
6. Dosage Questions for Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid
5 to 10 drops = .25 to 0.5ml. 10 to 20 drops = 0.5 to 1ml. 20 to 30 drops = 1 to 1.5ml. Dose is NOT critical. An extra couple of drops will not harm the infant. Dose can be given before or after or during feeds – experiment to find the most suitable time. The Drops dosage stems from old days of 1/4, 1/3 etc of a teaspoon, and over many years, most people seem to understand the ‘Drops’ dosage better. Most homes have a ‘dropper’ of some sort. If baby is bottle fed – Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be put into the bottle.
Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be added to the bottle and also added to Formula.
7. If Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is added to the bottle – can any unused bottle mixture be kept in the fridge and microwaved later?
No. Microwaves do not heat foods/liquids evenly which could lessen the effectiveness of the mixture.
8. Can Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid be administered with water or juice, instead of milk or formula?
Yes. Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid can be mixed with water, juice, milk or formula. Please ensure the mixture is administered immediately after preparation.
9. Allergic reaction to Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid. Is this harmful?
Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid is to be taken orally. Whilst this product has been in use for some 80 years – there have been a few reported cases of an allergic reaction. Some infants may show a slight reaction if the liquid is spilt around the mouth – due to the sensitive nature of a baby’s skin. This is not harmful, and usually disappears quickly. This product may cause some temporary sensitising of the skin when applied topically (on the skin rather than taken orally). If this causes you concern – discontinue use and consult your GP.
If baby or the person administering the product is allergic to Essential Oils – there may also be the reaction as explained above. Infants Friend Oral Liquid does contain Essential Oils as part of the mixture and this may react with some people who have allergies to these types of products.
10. Does Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid contain Saccharin?
This product contains Sodium Saccharin in very small quantity (.002% of the total volume), to assist in the taste. It is a safe, allowable ingredient in medicines and food – as regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and as determined also by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ).
11. Is this product available outside Australia?
Infants’ Friend products are licensed to be sold through pharmacies in Australia. There are e-pharmacies that will ship to countries other than Australia. Please refer to the Purchase Page for more detail.
12. What if I am still concerned about administering Infants Friend Oral Liquid?
If you have any concerns at all about administering Infants’ Friend Oral Liquid – please talk to your health care professional (Doctor, Chemist, Infants Clinic etc) for appropriate advice. We DO NOT recommend receiving advice from people who are not qualified in health care (on-line forums etc).
If you have other questions that are not covered on our FAQ page, please contact us through the Contact Page. Please understand that we cannot offer professional medical advice.