Real-life stories

Classic colic symptoms

What symptoms did your child experience?

“Feed time was a very traumatic experience. Freddie would refuse his bottle and when he did feed he would scream the house down and arch his back in pain. The doctor reassured me that Freddie was experiencing classic colic symptoms so there was nothing I could do to help, but when I got home I trawled the Internet and it came up with silent reflux. I went back to the doctor a week later with Freddie’s symptoms and had silent reflux in mind. The doctor prescribed an antacid which made a slight improvement, but unfortunately Freddie’s symptoms had returned within a week.

I was exhausted because I wasn’t getting any sleep. I found the experience very distressing and dreaded bedtime because I just knew what was going to happen and I ended up feeling down and depressed. I just didn’t feel like I was getting the support I required; and I was left to deal with a very poorly baby without knowing how to help him.”

What was your experience of the diagnosis process?

“When Freddie was three and a half months old the health visitor suggested maybe the problem was milk. She phoned one particular doctor at the surgery who was more experienced in dealing with babies to ensure that Freddie was prescribed an extensively hydrolysed milk formula, which is suitable for babies with cow’s milk allergy.”

What is life like now?

“Within 3 or 4 days of the new formula, Freddie was transformed. He went to the toilet regularly and all the other symptoms stopped.

As milk and whey are in a lot of foods that you find in the supermarket, I have to read all the ingredients before I buy anything. I tend to make most of Freddie’s meals from scratch so I know what's in them. The dietitian did give me some meal ideas and the Internet is useful too. Now that Freddie is 10 months old he enjoys feeding himself healthy foods so he eats a lot of fruit and veg sticks, chunks of meat and he also loves fish and scrambled egg. I use oat milk for cooking and he is tolerant of soya so he eats soya yoghurts and soya cheese. Eating out can be difficult so I tend to take a packed lunch.

I’ve now got a very happy little boy and have regained my sanity!”

Do you have any advice for other parents?

Keep trying with the doctors even if