Should I Give Gripe Water To My Baby?

Hi Mommies & Daddies,

When you have a colicky baby people mostly suggest you to give gripe water to your baby ๐Ÿ™‚ I never believed in it but when rocking, burping and singing failed in calming him down, I had to convince myself for buying a bottle of gripe water. Gripe water is an old-time home remedy meant to soothe excessive fussiness and gas pain in the babies. 

What is Gripe water: Gripe water originally contained a mixture of sugar, sodium bicarbonate and nearly four percent alcohol. Given that beer at this strength can have a calming effect on fully grown adults, itโ€™s easy to see why the mixture produced results among babies. 

But now non-alcoholic formulation too available in Indian market. My Dad bought Woodward’s Gripe Water for my  boy. As per brand it is an Ayurvedic formulation with a combination of Dill oil and Sarjikakshara that provides symptomatic relief โ€“ from stomach pain caused due to gas, acidity and indigestion in infants and children. It is absolutely safe โ€“ strict checks are done at every stage of the manufacturing process to ensure quality and hygiene of the product. Generations of mothers have trusted Woodward’s to provide Colic remedies to their crying babies.

Does Gripe water really works?

Now this is a really difficult question to answer as people using it from ages. No doubt there must be a strong reason for using it from years. But if I have to share my experience then I will say it didn’t worked in case of my boy. We used around two bottles of Gripe water but it failed in calming down my boy. Finally I decided to consult my baby’s doc & he suggested him Anti-colic drops (brand name I will not suggest). And it did wonder & our life become more easy ๐Ÿ˜‰ 

So I will say that I did not found it effective & discontinued it’s usage for my boy ๐Ÿ™‚

Why it can be unsafe for a baby?

  1. Alcohol: The crying infant is soothed instantly due to the alcohol in it, and goes to sleep. In olden days the content of alcohol was way too high.
  2. Sugar: The alcohol content is replaced by the sugar. Sugar solutions are very effective in soothing colic in babies, but the sugar content can have a negative impact on erupting baby teeth. Also doctors advise no salt and no sugar till the age of one โ€“ as early exposure to sugar causes diabetes.
  3. Dill Oil: This component is used to ease the pain caused due to gas in babyโ€™s intestines. The gas is the main reason for colic in infants. Experts recommend only breast milk for the first 6 months. Long term effects of dill oil on babies needs more study, and shouldnโ€™t be given unless advised by a doctor.
  4. Sodium bicarbonate: This ingredient does not have much effect to cure colic in babies. additionally, it can have a negative impact and lead to alkalosis.
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