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Hundreds of desperate families are shopping at a small chemist in Perth for a locally made medicine that provides amazing results for babies suffering from colic.

The formula – a mix of muscle relaxants and antacids designed to relieve gut symptoms some believe are responsible for the condition – was crafted by Peter Litas of Padbury Pharmacy based on a recipe inherited from his chemist dad, shared 9 news.

The treatment has been such a hit with local parents that Mr Litas has received orders for it from across Australia and as far afield as London.

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Mr Litas insists that while “there’s nothing magic” about his formula, he is nevertheless happy to be able to offer some relief to desperate mums and dads.

Australian Medical Association Western Australia Vice President Dr Mark Duncan-Smith has cautioned parents to consult a doctor before turning to over-the-counter medicines.

Symptoms of colic via Better Health

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.

Have you suffered with a colicky baby?

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  • Agree that doctor’s advise is needed before getting over the counter medication for your baby.

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  • We were pretty lucky. Good advice to see a GP for advice before getting over the counter medicine.

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  • I was prescribed gripe water and colic drops. Neither worked. My grandson had tummy issues as a newborn too. After a few months of screaming, it was realised he was lactose intolerant. Sad that new parents are often told to grin and bear it, sleepless nights are to be expected. Sleep deprivation can be crippling

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  • Sounds like a great formula. Luckily my kids weren’t too bad.

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  • I never went through it. But I was never shown or told how to burp him by anyone in hospital or afterwards either. It was my mum that drilled it into me that you need to burp them.

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  • My eldest had dreadful colic. I would have given my left arm for something that worked!

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  • Thankfully neither of my children suffered colic. The article doesn’t state what ingredients are in the formula? I would be hesitant using anything unless I knew exactly what it contained.


    • Would love a great help for colic but would worry about the ingredients particularly the muscle relaxant . There used to be an excellent medication we used for colic. I think it was like this and was banned. Just be careful.

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  • Luckily no colic for my child. Good to know there is a good solution on the market!!

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  • I was very lucky that we isn’t ave to deal with colic.

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