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Gripe Water 01-03-2023

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What is gripe water?

Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (like fennel, ginger, chamomile, dill, lemon balm or peppermint, depending on the formula).

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What is gripe water?

Gripe water is an over-the-counter liquid supplement of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (like fennel, ginger, chamomile, dill, lemon balm or peppermint, depending on the formula).

Along with claims that it eases gas pains and other stomach problems, gripe water is also marketed as a remedy for teething pain, hiccups and sometimes even colic, among other common baby issues.

But while plenty of parents swear by the stuff, there’s not much hard evidence that gripe water actually does soothe troubled little tummies.

Still, believers say some of the ingredients in gripe water formulas, including dill, fennel and ginger, can help relieve gas and stomach discomfort (and in turn may be beneficial for infants with colic, which is thought to be caused at least in part by gas in certain cases).

Some experts think gripe water might be effective at soothing fussy babies simply because it tastes sweet.

Are there side effects of gripe water?

Some parents notice that their babies seem drowsier after a dose of gripe water. But does gripe water actually make babies sleepy? Probably not.

 

The more likely scenario is that all that fussing tires babies out, to the point where they eventually end up falling asleep — whether they’re given gripe water or not.

 

Aside from the potential snoozefest, it’s worth watching for possible allergies. While gripe water isn’t likely to cause an allergic reaction, as with any new food or drink you introduce to your little one, you should still be on the lookout for symptoms of an allergy such as hives, itchiness, watery eyes, vomiting or diarrhea. Call your doctor if you see any of these signs in your baby.

 

More serious allergy symptoms like swelling of the lips or tongue and trouble swallowing or breathing can be life-threatening and warrant to go to the Doctor.

 

Is gripe water safe for newborns?

 

Gripe water made with alcohol definitely isn't safe, and other formulas, including those labeled "natural" or "homeopathic" (depending on where they're made and what's in them), contain a variety of other ingredients that may be unsafe or untested.

 

Gripe water made with sucrose, while not dangerous, might not be the best choice either. Sugar has the potential to harm your baby’s gums or emerging teeth. Plus, you don’t want to get your baby used to being soothed with sweets. So always check with your doctor first about a specific brand and kind of gripe water. If it doesn’t work, let him or her know.

 

And remember, even if you do try gripe water as a remedy for digestive troubles with your pediatrician's approval, it should never be given in large quantities to a baby or used as a dietary substitute. Infants this age should be fed breast milk or formula (or a combination of the two) only.

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