Colicaid - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Colicaid: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Colicaid?

Three different medications are combined to form Colicaid Drops. Simethicone is an antifoaming drug that disintegrates gas bubbles and makes it easier for the baby to pass them. Fennel oil and dill oil are herbal medications that assist stomach movements, increasing intestinal motility to push food through the digestive tract. Colicaid Drops are commonly used to treat colic discomfort, griping pain, gas in the stomach, and flatulence in newborns.

What are the uses of Colicaid?

It is mainly used to treat stomach issues, indigestion, and spasmodic episodes in babies or infants. The drug assists in the release of trapped gas while also reducing discomfort. Colicaid helps treat and prevent the following conditions:

  • Dyspepsia: Also known as indigestion, this condition is characterized by several symptoms causing severe pain in the upper abdomen. Symptoms include abdominal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and bloating.
  • Esophageal spasm: Abnormal spasms of the food pipe result in stomach pain and discomfort. The condition is known as a motility disorder.
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What are the side effects of Colicaid?

Some of the side effects you might experience after taking the drug are:

  •       Nausea
  •       Allergic reaction
  •       Burning of skin or skin irritation
  •       Bloating
  •       Constipation
  •       Diarrhea
  •       Heartburn

All the side effects do not require medical care and disappear gradually over time. However, if the adverse effects continue, consult your doctor or our medical specialists at Yashoda Hospitals. They can guide you on the uses, benefits, and side effects of Colicaid. 


Frequently Asked Questions about Colicaid

1. Is Colicaid safe for babies?

Yes, simethicone is a critical component of Colicaid which alleviates gas discomfort and is categorized as an OTC drug. Simethicone is considered safe for babies or newborns. If you're treating your baby yourself, make sure you read and follow the directions on the package for dosage and precautions. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, please follow the directions to avoid any side effects.

2. Does Colicaid induce sleep?

Yes, Colicaid Drops induces drowsiness or sleepiness, although the degree of drowsiness or sleepiness may vary. This occurs due to the relief from pain and gastric discomfort caused by colic. This can be caused even by consuming meals, as that can form gas and cause discomfort.

3. Is Colicaid good for constipation?

Fennel oil in Colicaid is a natural antiseptic and antispasmodic component. It acts as a laxative, relieves flatulence, and stimulates hunger while increasing the quantity of salt and water expelled from the body through urine or stool. Hence it is suitable for relieving symptoms of constipation in children.

4. Can we give Colicaid daily?

Yes, it can be given to babies daily for a fixed dosage based on the doctor’s prescription. If administered without a prescription, the dosage should not be over 12 drops each day with a gap of 4–6 hours between two doses. In case of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention.

5. How much Colicaid can be given?

Although Colicaid is available without a prescription, it may be prescribed by a doctor in some situations. In such circumstances, the dosage should be given to children in line with the doctor's prescription. Typically, doctors will prescribe: 5–10 drops four times a day to children under the age of six months. 10–20 drops four times a day to children aged six to twelve months. 20–25 drops four times a day to children over the age of one year.

6. Can Colicaid be given after feed?

Colicaid drops should be administered to the infant at least 15 minutes before feeding. However, for case-specific dose recommendations, it is always best to see a trained medical practitioner. Uses of Colicaid are not restricted to babies or infants and can also be taken by adults. However, the dosage will vary.

7. Are Colic Drops the same as Gripe Water?

Colic/Colicaid Drops and Gripe Water are two different products. Colicaid drops include the active components of simethicone, fennel oil, and dill oil, while gripe water contains 3.6% alcohol, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar, and water. While both relieve colic discomfort, their applications are significantly different. Consult a physician for the proper dosages and precautions of these medications.

8. How long does colic usually last?

When a healthy baby cries for an extended period for no apparent cause, it is called colic. It is common during the first six weeks after the baby’s birth. It typically disappears on its own by the age of 3–4 months. It may affect up to 1 in every 4 newborns. It lasts more than 3 hours a day, occurring almost thrice weekly, and can last longer than three weeks.

9. Does Colicaid increase appetite?

Yes. Fennel oil, a natural component, has antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. It may be used as a laxative to reduce flatulence while also stimulating hunger. Colicaid aids gas removal through belching. It promotes stomach and intestinal motility to help food move through the digestive tract, stimulating appetite.

10. Does Colicaid contain alcohol?

Unlike other medicines, no alcohol is present in Colicaid drops or its syrup, which may not always be alcohol-free. Colicaid has simethicone which facilitates the removal of gas by belching/passing flatus. Fennel and dill oil, on the other hand, will decrease muscular spasms. Hence, it is safe for the use of babies.

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