Last week I was invited to a playdate with Colief, you’re probably aware that Arthur is now past the colic stage however as he suffered terribly with Colic in the early days I really wanted to pop along to find out more about the brand so should any readers stumble upon my blog to read about colic and the 4 months Arthur struggled with it. I wanted to be able to provide information about the products offered by Colief so parents not only had my account but had a form of help too if required.
Both of my children struggled with colic and with Arthur in particular it was a pretty dark time for me, having the chance to talk about this with the Colief experts was really uplifting and I also enjoyed talking about it with other parents who had experienced the same issues. I also got the chance to discuss some of Arthur’s other problems like his sleeping and eating which I now feel I can talk about on this blog so please stay tuned for a blog post on this. The entertainers from The Giggle Company were awesome, I’ve never seen Arthur having as much fun in his life. Having entertainment for the children ensured that the parents were free to learn about the products without worrying that their children were exploring the cupboards – Arthur I’m looking at you!
The day was fun filled and consisted of being able to drink a HOT cup of coffee while the children played, product talks, colic discussion, lunch and Q&A with Colief’s expert panel. The venue was Home Sweet Home in Central London which was perfect for this sort of event, it was basically like being in someone’s home without all of the ornaments and nik naks for Arthur to break.
The main premise of the day was really to introduce the new Colief Expert Panel which consists of Dawn Kelly and Independent Health Visitor, Dr Jumoke Koso-Thomas a GP, Judy Moore a dietician and nutritionalist and Maggie Redshaw a developmental and health psychologist. Having a panel who can offer such a wealth of knowledge is such a fantastic thing for Colief. The expert panel will be bringing an online clinic once a fortnight on the Colief facebook page where parents can have their questions on parenthood answered.
Colief has been around since Lucie was a baby and it was the second brand of drops I used with her. Colief is a brand best known to parents for making 100% natural colic drops which are designed to help a baby’s digestive system break down lactose which is thought to cause the painful digestive issues that are the cause of Colic. Colic doesn’t just affect bottle fed babies which is a common misconception, I expressed milk for Arthur and assumed that it was because he was drinking from a bottle that he was suffering, I didn’t realise that colic is actually caused by the sensitivity to certain proteins and sugars found in breast milk too.
We got the chance to talk to Judy Moore about Vitamin D and the vitamin D drops that Colief make which are suitable for both adults and children. We hear a lot of conflicting information about Vitamin D for instance we are told that we get it from the sun and certain foods however here in the UK we don’t actually get enough sun to absorb the required amount of the vitamin especially when we slather ourselves in high factor sun cream. There have been recent reported cases of rickets because as parents we don’t expose our children to the sun without wearing a high factor so the essential bone and teeth development is not happening as well as it should.
After talking to Judy about my concerns I’ve started giving Arthur the Vitamin D drops, I already get enough from my multi vitamin tablet. I’ve also started to use a lower factor of sun cream on Arthur. I read recently that we don’t need factor 50 in this country, we really don’t need factor 20 or 30 either. What we should be doing is covering our children during peak times so they don’t burn but letting them get exposure at non peak times so they can soak in that fabulous Vitamin D.
After a lovely catered lunch, Hannah from Budding Smiles blog gave a talk about her struggle with Colic. I think at events such as this it was great to hear not only from industry experts but from someone who has gone through a struggle themselves as you get a real feel for the emotional impact that a condition can have on a family. I know when Arthur was suffering and I had little help from healthcare professionals I found myself talking to other bloggers and parents on Facebook for advice and it really shouldn’t be that way.
I really hope the Colief Expert Panel can be helpful for some of the parents out there who have issues, I know I would have used it during Arthur’s early weeks.
Did/Does your child suffered from Colic? Did you find you got the help you needed from the healthcare professionals in your area?