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      30.10.2013 11:35

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      overall i love the gripe water and it does work

      I use gripe water to help my daughter to get her wind up because she has some wind that is sometimes difficult to get up.

      The gripe is quite cheap and lasts for a little while but sometimes different to get the last little bit out of the bottle. The down side to gripe water it doesn't come with a surge so i brought one from boots and a stopper to get the last little bit out of the bottle.

      Once my daughter takes the gripe water it does take a while for it to work but when it does it eases the pain and discomfort that my daughter has and the trapped wind comes up and my daughter feels better. I have tried all different products such as infacol and dentinox and both don't water as well as gripe water.

      I love gripe water and it works for my daughter.

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      01.10.2013 13:15
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      Having a colicey baby is every mothers worst nightmare, you dont quite realise how bad it is until you have a child of your own suffer from it, watching them suffer in pain crying unconsolably which is where products like this come in very handy and I dont know how people coped before these were invented.

      Gripe water comes in a 150ml bottle with a standard screw top cap like a pop bottle so needs to be kept out of the reach of young children as there is no safety cap, not that its that harmful but you wouldnt want it being drank like pop.

      gripe water is suitable from one month old up to a year old to treat and ease the pains caused in a babys tummy by wind and excess acids bringing them relief and calming them.

      As this cannot be used until baby is a month old I have had to use infacol with my babies for the first month which did work and help ease the pain but no where near as good as the gripe water does so for us it was a relief once our babys reached a month old. Within minutes of giving a dose of this to my children they started to pass wind in either direction and sometimes both directions giving them relief from the pain they were in without any real effort from us at all to bring it up and they were more settled with in 20 minutes, fantastic and a great relief to us.

      There are two main ingredients in this sodium bicarbonate and dill seed oil so is all very natural which is a massive plus in my book. The sodium bicarbonate neutralises the excess acid causing the pain, the dill seed oil relaxes babys cramping tummy and breaks down the trapped air bubble.

      This is something we have used a lot of in our house and I would recomend to any parent whos child is suffering, I have heard other moms say it has brought there babies wind up too quickly causing them to bring back part of there bottle but I have never had this problem myself.

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      18.06.2013 23:19
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      Excellent for trapped wind pain

      This gripe water has just been a life saver for us with my son! I buy this gripe water for my son who is now 11 months old, and I have bought it a few times since he was born, as he suffers from terrible trapped wind. He really suffers from in during the night, and constantly wakes up with belly ache. He wriggles about and brings his knees up to his chest, he is in obvious pain so I always make sure I have some of this gripe water in the house.

      I buy it from Tesco's for £2.99. It comes in a box, and the gripe water is in a 150ml glass bottle. It has a white screw top lid, and it just looks like water in a bottle. It doesn't come with a measuring spoon or anything, so you will have to purchase one separate if you haven't already got one. To use this gripe water, you can give 1-6 month olds, one 5ml spoonful, and 6-12 month olds, two 5ml spoonfuls. You can give up to 6 doses in 24 hours.

      You can give this during or after feeds, I tend to give this to my son on a spoon before a bottle though, as he tends to fall asleep to a bottle, and never finishes it either, so to make sure he gets the full dose, I give him 2 spoonfuls straight into his mouth before a feed. He takes the gripe water no problem at all, he seems to like the taste of it.

      The first time I used this gripe water, my son was in obvious discomfort with bad wind, and this worked within half an hour of giving it to him. He was content and happy again in no time, although I did have to give it to him again a few hours later. I give him this before bed at night now, as he was waking up constantly, and the first time I gave him this, he slept through the night comfortably, when he hadn't slept through the night for months.

      The ingredients in this gripe water are dill seed oil, which breaks down trapped air bubbles in your babies tummy and sodium hydrogen carbonate which neutralise acid. This gripe water is also alcohol and sugar free.

      I really couldn't be without this gripe water at night! It really helps my son sleep more comfortably and he seems so much happier. I couldn't recommend it highly enough!

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      09.05.2013 07:11
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      a reasonably priced product that works well

      I discovered gripe water 10 years ago when I had my first baby and have used it with all 3 of my children. My mum recommended it to me so it has certainly been around a long time!

      Its now available anywhere, supermarkets or chemists and its quite cheap at around £3 a bottle, the bottle will last ages too as you only need a small amount.

      I only ever used it in the evening feed as this is when my children seemed to get wind more so if you used it in every feed it may not last as long.

      The product is aimed at babies to help stop the pain of stomach ache and colic which if you have ever had a baby you will gladly get any help you can to resolve.

      The problem of wind and stomach ache is caused when babies gulp air down when they are feeding and it sits in their stomach and causes pains. Some babies suffer very badly with colic, my niece did and my sister also used this to help.

      Gulp water doesn't look anything special it looks like a bottle of water. It comes in an old fashioned looking box with a baby on the front so doesn't look anything special. The gripe water can be used on a baby of any age which is good if you have a young baby that suffers.

      Gripe water claims to settle a babys stomach as it makes the bubbles in their stomach rise to the top thereby making it easier to wind them, sounds like a dream!

      When I used it on my children I did see an improvement but as with anything you can't definitely put it down to this product. When my son was having problems I just used to add gripe water to his bottles and he did not seem to have as much trouble getting his wind up. His wind seemed particularly bad so I would always include gripe water in his evening bottle to help settle his tummy before bed time.


      If you have a baby with wind problems I would definitely give it a try as it may help and there is nothing worse than a screaming baby that you can't do anything to help!

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      22.03.2013 22:37
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      Seems to work

      Following a recommendation from a friend I decided to purchase a bottle of Woodwards Gripe water during the weekly shop as a solution to some of the crying our baby was doing on an evening. My friend said she swore by this stuff but we had never used it with our first child, and my Mum said it was a well-used product when she had me and my sister as babies.

      Packaging
      The bottle of gripe water comes in a cardboard box with a really old fashioned picture of a baby on the front. I think this traditional packaging is deliberate as it's a product that's been on the market for many years. Inside the box is a glass bottle that looks very pharmaceutical and contains 150ml of gripe water.

      What is it?
      This medicine helps relieve the pain and discomfort associated with trapped wind in children who are under one year of age. It contains two main ingredients: sodium bicarbonate and dill seed oil. Sodium bicarbonate neutralises excess acid. Dill seed oil warms and relaxes your baby's tummy and breaks down trapped air bubbles which are passed out as wind.

      In use
      I have used the gripe water on a number of occasions, although the crying is less often now so it's not a big issue generally. Using a syringe I give the baby 5ml of this and it seems to go down OK although she did look a bit surprised the first time I gave her some! I tried a bit to see how it tasted flavour-wise as different flavours are not something an unweaned baby is used to. It tasted to me a bit like peppermint although it is a sugar and alcohol free product. You are directed to give the gripe water during or after a feed.

      My thoughts
      After some crying we would give our baby this gripe water and usually around 30 minutes later she would be peacefully asleep. Whether the pain had passed or if it was the medicine working, I don't really know but it does seem to work when she is crying and wriggling about as if the has trapped wind. I don't like giving her any medicine unless it is necessary but I also don't want her suffering from any unneccesary pain.

      Price
      A 150ml bottle costs £2.99 at Boots and it is currently on offer for £1.99 at Tesco but is usually a pound more there.

      Final word
      The only thing about using this product very occasionally is that you are advised to discard the bottle after it has been open 14 days. If you are using every day there won't be much waste but with less frequent use you could find yourself throwing a lot away. This aside, I do think this is a very gentle intervention that can be used to calm babies who are troubled by wind and gripe. The flavour is a bit strange with this and the volume seems a lot to give to babies but it shouldn't give them any side effects it says on the information leaflet. The old fashioned packaging is quite kitch and will probably appeal to those who want to parent children the old school way. This product cannot be used on babies under one month but over that age can be used up to 12 months.

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      25.02.2013 10:08
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      It works!

      My daughter Lauren suffered really badly with colic when she was younger so one of the products we tried to help this was Gripe Water.

      The gripe water is available from most chemists and supermarkets and retails for around £1.50 - £2 for a 150ml bottle. I found my local Home Bargains used to stock it and it only cost £1 so I always used to stock up. The fluid is clear with quite a runny consistency and it comes in a clear glass bottle which is great to keep an eye on how much you have left. It has a mint fragrance and despite not have any added sugars, does have quite a sweet taste.

      It is recommended you give the following dosage, up to 4 times a day:

      One to six months - 1 x 5ml teaspoonful
      Six months to two years old - 2 x 5 ml teaspoonfuls
      Two years old and above - 2 to 3 x 5ml teaspoonfuls

      The first time I used it, I was amazed at the results, Lauren brought up her wind a lot quicker and easier, her discomfort seemed to be improved too as she didn't tend to bring her knees up as much. I did find that I didn't need to give the full dosage with every feed as Lauren seemed to struggle with colic as the say went on so I would save it up for her teatime onwards feed (Lauren was one of those children that didn't sleep through until 9months old so I always found this helped with the middle of the night feeds).

      I also found the gripe water great and helping to get Lauren off to sleep, at night, I would dip the end of her dummy into the gripe water and she would happily suck the dummy long enough for her to drop off to sleep.

      According to Woodward's, the gripe water contains oil of Dill herb and Sodium Bicarbonate and brings rapid relief of wind and gripe. Dill Seed Oil warms and relaxes the tummy, breaking down trapped air bubbles. Sodium Bicarbonate neutralises acid in the baby's tummy. The gripe water doesn't contain any alcohol, apparently it used to contain around 20% alcohol back when I was younger, there is no wonder it used to work back then and I used to love it!!

      One of the downsides of the product is administering it; you are given one of those plastic spoons you get with medicine, which I found was a nightmare using, especially since this product is suitable from 1 month of age. I had a baby syringe from some previous medication Lauren had been on so I used to use this to squirt straight into her mouth. A friend of mine used to administer the recommended dosage via a bottle.

      Once opened, the bottle does have to be used within 14 days, this did mean that I would end up throwing some away every time, I didn't mind because of the low price tag.

      Overall, I would recommend the gripe water, it certainly helped and for a couple of pound, it was definitely worth it - 5 out of 5 stars from me!

      Thanks for reading.

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      20.02.2013 11:18
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      I prefer infacol

      I have used both infacol and gripe water with my son, and though I do prefer infacol I think gripe water is good too.

      Gripe water isn't my favourite for a couple of reasons. Firstly I don't like the bottle design because it makes administering it to my son that bit more difficult because you need to transfer it onto a spoon which is so much messier than the infacol method because infacol comes with a syringe kind of design.

      I wouldnt really mind the messiness because I always put Kai's bib on before giving it to him but it is sticky and hard to get off of fabric. Secondly I think it's silly that it is only suitable for babies one month or over. I had assumed that this was just a guide but when I asked my health visitor she actually said that she wouldn't recommend using it until he was 6 weeks at least, which I'm not sure why.

      Gripe water is just as effective as infacol though and it works as quickly. It brings the wind up effectively and it made Kai so much more relaxed and he would always sleep better after having this before bed when he had trapped wind. It helped with colic and even though it smells a bit unpleasant he seems to prefer this to infacol which I was surprised by.

      The dosage guidelines are generous, so I was able to give Kai a bit more if the first couple of teaspoons of it didn't do the job but 2-3 teaspoons a time was normally enough. I paid about £2.50 for a small bottle so it's a bit cheaper than infacol and I recommend it.

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      15.02.2013 11:48
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      A useful addition for a babys health kit

      ==Overview==

      Woodwards Gripe water is one of several products on the market which can help a windy baby. It can be used from 4 weeks old and we literally counted down the days until we could try it with out little baby. The baby isn't particularly windy but screams in pain sometimes with trapped bottom wind and pain in her tummy. The gripe water does two things, it relaxes the tummy muscles and neutralises the bubbles in the tummy and helps the baby to burp. 150ml costs £2.99 in Boots and this Gripe water is alcohol and sugar free (worrying that some WOULD have alcohol in them!).

      ==My Opinion==

      In my opinion because the baby doesn't suffer with burpy wind, half of the function of the gripe water is lost as she doesn't need it to help her burp as her wind comes out the other way! However, when she is screaming in pain with her tummy, as soon as she gets this, literally within 30 seconds she calms down so I can only assume something about it helps to ease her tummy pain which for us is only a good thing. The worst thing about Gripe water for me is the difficulty to administer - we use a medicine spoon which has been sterilised in the microwave and you can give 0-6 month babies a 5ml teaspoon 6 times per day. Its quite hard to pour out of the bottle and onto the spoon without getting it every where and then keeping your hand steady whilst someone else holds the baby still while you put a spoon in her mouth! I'm sure little syringes would be easier but I'm not sure where to get some so for now we will continue this (not fun in the middle of the night!). The other problem with the gripe water is that the consistency is quite oily so if you do spill it, it is sticky and oily - many a pair of pj's have been changed in the night due to spillages! As a side and personal gripe with it (!), the main ingredient is Dill which is a smell I can't bear! The only other thing we have found is that if you give the baby a couple of doses a day it can make the nappies smell bad which we found unusual as our babies nappies have not yet had that awful smell about them.

      ==Overall==

      The positives far outweigh the negatives and we are glad to have some of this in the cupboard for the occasions when the baby is suffering with her tummy. We find it really helps to ease her tummy pains and for those babies who have trouble burping it will likely help them too. For the price and the longevity of the bottle, overall for me it is a 'must-have' in the cupboard!

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        15.09.2012 10:06
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        Gripe Water for Trapped Wind.

        I'm sure that some parents with newborns and young babies will understand what I mean when I say that there are times when feeding a baby can be a stressful experience. Middle of the night feeds are never fun and often made worse when your little one can't feed properly due to trapped wind or Colic and it's never nice to see your son or daughter in pain or discomfort when they're unable to fill their tummies. My son was a good feeder for the first 4 weeks or so of his life but as he's grown bigger and now has more formula at bottle time we've found that the last few weeks have often been problematic for him due to trapped wind and, more recently, Colic.

        Gripe Water was an early solution we tried when he first started getting trapped wind and for a while worked wonders for both us and our son giving him relief from wind for about a week. There didn't seem to be a lot of choice of brands available when we went on the hunt for Gripe Water and in the end found the subject of this review, "Woodwards Gripe Water", instore at Tesco priced at around £2.00 for a 150ml bottle. It's packaged as shown in dooyoo's picture, a box containing a glass bottle with screw top lid complete with clear dosage instructions as well as an explanation of what the product does printed on both the box and bottle.

        According to Woodwards (text taken from the bottle):

        "Woodward's Gripe Water is alcohol free and sugar free. Rapid relief of wind and gripe.

        Dual Action

        Gripe is caused by muscle spasms and excess acid created when air bubbles form in a baby's tummy. When the air bubbles get trapped in a baby's stomach, the stomach think it is full of food, so acids are produced which would normally break down the food particles. These acids are not needed and can cause irritation. At the same time, because the stomach is full of air bubbles its muscles are unable to relax causing cramps and spasms.

        Woodward's Gripe Water contains oil of Dill herb and Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate and brings rapid relief of wind and gripe.

        Dill Oil warms and relaxes the tummy, breaking down trapped air bubbles. Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate neutralises acid in the baby's tummy. The results are usually a resounding burp."

        Gripe water shouldn't be given to babies under 1 month old, up to 6 months they're allowed 1 x 5ml spoonful to be taken either before or with a feed and older babies over 6 months old can have 2 x 5ml spoonfuls. Because the bottle doesn't come with any sort of applicator or pipette and you're expected to spoon-feed the water to a baby (easier said than done when you've got a grumpy, squirmy baby in your arms wanting feeding) we added the Gripe water to his formula feed after checking with our health visitor that this was OK. It's probably best to mention here that there are mixed opinions from some parents about adding Gripe water to formula milk with some saying it changes how the milk tastes and therefore can confuse a baby and others, like us, who find it to make no difference whatsoever to how our baby reacts to or his enjoyment of his milk. It's probably better administered via a pipette in all honesty rather than a spoon so if you want to be extra cautious and don't want to add it to babies formula then do bear that in mind.

        The Gripe water is clear in colour and has a sweet, non-descriptive taste, I got some on my fingers after failing miserably to give some to my baby via a spoon and would say that it's pleasant tasting rather than anything too medicinal. I can see how some would think it would change the taste of milk though although a single spoonful shouldn't 'contaminate' a 4 or 5 oz bottle too much I wouldn't have thought and for our baby it made no difference to him whatsoever as he was able to take his milk a lot better than he was doing before we started adding it.

        In my experience with it I found it to be very effective at eliminating trapped wind, after a few swallows of milk we were able to wind our son a lot easier than before and his burps seemed to be a lot deeper and certainly more satisfying for him. Before trying Gripe water a bottle of milk could take over an hour to be drunk with histrionics throughout the feed time causing stress for our baby and headaches for us, we knew he had wind but no amount of back-tapping and rubbing would bring it up for him, thankfully Gripe water offered us a solution that worked well for a good week to ten days and feed times became a lot easier for both him and us.

        Since increasing the amount of milk our son has at bottle time we've found the Gripe water to be less effective though and I do think that he's probably become too used to it now combined with the fact that it has become more diluted in a bigger bottle. For us it worked brilliantly for a while and made bottle time a lot easier, we can't increase the amount of Gripe water as he's not old enough but do still use it from time to time if he's being particularly grouchy and can't seem to bring up his wind although we now give it to him directly rather than adding it to his bottle.

        Overall I would definitely say it's worth a go if you have a baby who seems to be taking his or her time with a bottle and gets into a fluster whilst feeding, a parent will instinctively know when there's a problem and this Gripe water from Woodwards could offer a solution to a common problem that a baby can have. It's cheaply priced and works and from me gets a five star rating. Thanks for reading my review.

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          12.07.2012 22:04
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          Waste of money

          After having my little baby I didn't realise how difficult it was for them to bring up their wind and not only that but how much discomfort they would be in and how miserable it would make them. I tried every different position with him to help bring up his wind but nothing helped. So in the end I turned to the internet and everyone seemed to be bigging up Gripe Water and so I headed down to Tesco's to go and grab a bottle.

          It was just over £2 which I thought was good and if it worked would be more then worth it! The packaging is quite old-fashioned and looked a bit out of date against all of the other medicines on the shelves.

          There is a glass bottle inside with a child proof screw top which is good.

          The instructions are simple enough and tell you how much to give your child.

          However it is extremely difficult to give your newborn baby! It pours out like water so it's almost impossible to actually pour it onto a spoon without spilling any or even to get into your babies mouth without it running off the spoon. Because of this I had to go and purchase a syringe as this made it so much easier.

          It also leaves a horrible sticky mess wherever it has spilled!

          On the bottle it says to use within 28 days and dispose of any which is left after these amount of days. However the bottle is that big and you use such a small amount each time by the time 28 days had come I still had half a bottle left and it seemed such a waste of money throwing it away. They defiantly should make the bottles smaller.

          It has a liquorice sort of smell and my baby didn't look to impressed with the taste as he would spit most of it back out.

          To me it never seemed to help my babies wind. It never really helped bring it up and so he was still really unsettled. So for me I wouldn't advise people to buy it.

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            30.03.2012 16:07
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            A decent soothing aid for the parents ...sorry baby

            Babies hey, who'd have them? If I owned a monkey I definitely have more sleep at night, the reason my new baby girl. She's lovely, cuddly, and very nice to have around but for some reason she just can't bring her wind up. So it's fun in the afternoon, the endless patting on the back, the endless rocking and holding under the chin just waiting for that little burp and a bit of peace and quiet. Life sometimes can be very simple, wailing baby - parents stressed, baby feeds, burps and sleeps, parents happy. Even if like last week said little girl not once, not twice but three times threw milk up all over her daddies T-shirt then well she does go to sleep straightaway and surely that's what washing machines are for?
            So the answer to the endless problem of trapped wind and such like is either a lot of soothing, patting and patience or a little dab of the gripe water just to smooth out the stomach and to give that little satisfying burp. After all you can't give a new born a Rennie can you or tell it that it shouldn't be so selfish as its milk guzzling is the reason for the pain and that next time to take its time.

            No the answer in extreme times is a bit of gripe water, gripe water is well water with a bit of sodium bicarbonate, sucrose and in some cases a little bit of ethanol. This is then given to the infant as a little spoonful for a month old to three spoonfuls for a three year. The product contains dill but no ethanol and it relaxes a babies tummy giving a burp if needed. That's the blurb but does it work? Well one problem is of course the administration, there is no way a baby in distress with wind or hiccups is all that keen on taking another spoonful of liquid. However, if you do manage to get your junior to take his medicine, then it does appear to sooth the baby. Whether this is a genuine soothing of the belly or a bit of a sugary solution coating the throat and therefore alleviating the pressures of crying so hard for so long is difficult to guess. I can say from personal experience after having a sickly baby, a windy baby and a baby who didn't care about wind or sick that a spoon of gripe water helps.

            Well it helps sometimes, sometimes giving the gripe water elicited a burp and other times not. Sometimes the gripe water was returned and it is very sticky and has a slightly nauseous sweet smell and sometimes the baby was more interested in blowing the gripe water around rather than drinking it.
            I did sometimes wonder if the gripe water was more for the parents compared with the baby and the mum or dad simply feels better due to the giving of aid to an infant in mild distress or whether it truly was the best thing around for trapped wind. We still use the water when one of the kids has a bit of a dicky tummy but the use has gone down considerably once the kids start to eat solid food.

            So a decent product worth having in and having in the medicine cabinet but not essential by any means.

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            16.10.2011 21:27
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            The best around for my daughter but not perfect

            My baby daughter struggles big time in bringing up her wind and therefore tends to suffer for it with spells of sore crying. I have tried literally everything to ease her discomfort - infacol, dentinox, colief drops and then this 'Woodwards Gripe Water' which retails in tesco for £1.95 for a 150ml bottle, and which is the cheapest of all the products which I have tried, though price often makes little difference when you are trying to help you baby when they are in obvious discomfort.

            On the front of the box it states that this gripe water has been used for over 150 years which is a pretty compelling reason to try it out. My own mother used it with my siblings and I when we were young, as she said that was the only product available at that time. Gripe water is used for the 'rapid relief of wind and gripe' hence the name.

            Gripe water is suitable for babies from one month onwards, and so although I was keen to try this and already had a bottle ready, I couldn't try it until my daughter reached the one month mark, unlike Infacol and Dentinox which can be used from birth.

            The main ingredients of Gripe Water are firstly Dill Oil which is meant to warm and relax the tummy and break down trapped air bubbles. The other main ingredient is Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate which is supposed to neutralise the acid in the tummy which the manufacturers then claim should work together to produce a 'resounding burp'.

            It is important to look at the dosage that is to be given according to the age of the baby and follow he instructions carefully. My baby is currently around the two month mark and so she is only to take one 5ml spoonful up until she is 6 months old, when the dosage can then be doubled. Gripe water can be given up to 6 times in any 24 our period, and either during or after a feed.

            After trying Infacol and Dentinox, and reaching the one month mark, I immediately started the gripe water. Now, I maybe made a mistake at the beginning, as I gave it to my baby daughter after every feed, as she never brings up a lot of wind, but after a while, like the other products, I felt that it wasn't working as well as it did at the beginning, I also thought it was making my daughter bring up more mouthfuls that she usually did, although this could be a coincidence. So, I gave it a break and tried the Colief drops, which were a disaster (see previous review) and am now back onto gripe water. This time however, I have stopped giving it to her at every feed, and only giving it when she is obviously suffering from trapped wind and getting uncomfortable and crying. Now, I cannot say that it works all the time, sometimes I do think it does, other times, it doesn't seem to shift any wind at all, however, I do feel of all the options out there, this is the best there is, for my baby daughter anyway. The infacol and Dentinox just didn't continue working for her, but I like the fact that I can give this to her at any point after a feed, rather than having to do it before a feed or during, when you're not quite sure how much wind she will or will not bring up.

            All in all, I wouldn't say that Gripe water has sorted out my daughters wind and got rid of the discomfort she often feels, but I think it is the best on the market for her and it is better than nothing, and I feel therefore that I am doing the best I can for my daughter.

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            07.10.2011 00:18
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            A Good Product As Far As I'm Concerned

            Introduction:-

            Woodwards Gripe Water is an oral solution used that is used for the relief of the symptoms of trapped wind and colic in infants over 1 month and up to 1 year of age. Woodwards have been around since 1851 so this alone says to me they are a well-established and proven company. At around the £2 mark depending on where it is purchased from for a 150ml bottle it is comparatively inexpensive when the advised dose for a 1month - 6month old is 5ml, and for 6 - 12 months is 10ml up to 6 times in one day. We tend to use this with the last couple of bottles of the day as to relieve colic if baby has been suffering earlier in the day so one bottle always lasts us the maximum shelf life for this bottle once the seal has been broken.


            What Gripe Water Made Of?:-

            The main active ingredients in Woodwards Gripe Water are Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate (52.5mg/5ml), and Terpeneless Dill Seed Oil (2.3mg/5ml). There are schools of thought that these ingredients are not good for babies I will go into this later and concentrate on the medicinal effects these ingredients are meant to have for the moment. Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate is essentially baking soda and is an alkaline ingredient which will aid to relieve acidity in a baby with colic. Terpenless Dill Oil is an essential oil used in tiny amounts in order to give a warming and relaxing effect in order to help to aid the travel of trapped wind in an upwards direction by helping to break down the wind in the stomach into smaller bubbles that are more likely to escape and therefore relieving the symptoms of trapped wind and colic.

            There is also quite a list of inactive ingredients which include E numbers E215, E217, and E219, these being the first thing I looked into as I am skecptical of E numbers however these are all preservatives and highly unlikely to cause any adverse reactions after being given to a baby. Glycerol, Propylene Glycol, Malitol Liquid, are used as replacements for sucrose as they are not digested by saliva therefore do not cause teeth to decay and are also absorbed far more slowly from the stomach preventing a sugar charged baby. I would say that it is these sucrose replacing ingredients that give the overall sweet medicinal smell and flavour to this solution. I am a great believer in trying something before I give it to my child if only out of curiosity as well as checking it isn't something so foul I wouldn't want to be given it myself. The taste of this I found overpowering and it lingered in my mouth, and baby must have had the same thoughts as she always tries and usually succeeds in spitting this out as quick as it went in if we give it to her neat. The way round this we have found is to put the required dose in her milk to make it more palatable at the times we know she suffers from trapped wind most badly, usually after 5pm in the evening. This seems to have worked well so far and the taste must be far less overpowering in her milk as it doesn't put her off of it at all.

            Whilst researching this product online I found that Woodwards Gripe Water used to contain 3.6% alcohol as well as the ingredients listed above. I am guessing this was purely to aid the feeling of relief given and add to the warming, relaxing effects of the Dill Seed Oil, however as most parents will probably be pleased to know the addition of alcohol to Gripe Water was ceased in 1992. I personally was surprised it was still included this late on, and it was also around this time that sucrose was eliminated from the product and replaced with the different sweeteners mentioned above.


            What's Considered Bad?:-

            As promised above I will now voice the other side of the argument as to why Woodwards Gripe Water may not be such a desirable product to use. It has been proven that Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate can affect the uptake of Folic Acid and Iron in infants, leading to adverse effects with the absorption and function of both. Also as Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate is an alkaline ingredient which can change the PH of a babies stomach which could exacerbate the problems when it comes to a baby suffering with colic. I personally have seen no adverse effects from using Woodwards Gripe Water as far as these issues are concerned, and in my opinion would say that as long as the guidelines as far as doses are concerned, and the product is only used when actually needed then this ingredient is going to be present in such small amounts at irregular intervals that it will not cause any problems.

            The other thing that some experts are now saying is that essential oils such as the Dill Seed Oil should not be ingested at all by adults let alone by babies, but as with all things there are other experts sat firmly on the opposite side of the fence. I am again of the opinion that such small infrequent amounts shouldn't cause any ill effects and we have certainly not seen any with our child. Another thing I consider is that this brand of gripe water is one of the most popular in Europe, and is quite often the only one on sale in some places, so how bad can it really be and if the ill effects were as bad as some people would have you believe surely parents that have used it previously would have attributed this product to ill effects, and it would be at the centre of major controversy.

            As with all medicinal items where babies are concerned it is advisable to get an opinion and diagnosis from professionals, we have now asked our mid-wife and two different GP's all independently of each other and they have all said that our baby was indeed suffering from colic and that Woodwards Gripe Water may well be worth a try and would not have any adverse effects if given to our child. The only thing to take into consideration is that it is not to be used until babies are over 1 month of age.


            In Summary:-

            Overall my partner and I rate this product highly as it has helped us no end when dealing with a baby with colic that has been crying in pain for sometimes hours at a time especially at first when we hadn't a clue of the symptoms and warning signs of the early onset of colic. Admittedly we now notice the onset of colic early on and can differentiate this from a little trapped wind which helps when knowing when to administer this product and use it effectively but this does not detract from the fact that we have found this product to work. It most certainly helps to relieve the symptoms of colic and chronic trapped wind and makes burping our baby and bringing up her wind far easier, ultimately leading to less discomfort for our little one, and it is this reason for me that makes this product worth its weight in gold.

            The only thing I can fault this product on is the taste being unpalatable, although quite sweet tasting it is still very medicinal in flavour and it is for this fact alone that I will be knocking a star off. I would like to end on the note that it is always advisable to check with your GP or Mid-wife before giving medicines to your young baby, although being available to buy straight from the shelf with no questions asked, picked up from right next door to baby formula and the like, it is always better to be safe than sorry and ensure that it is a product you would actually need to use.

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              27.09.2011 21:20
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              Worth a shot with a crying babyy

              At around 5 weeks old Charlie seemed to be really uncomfortable, his legs would be going ten to the dozen and would cry randomly. I tried Infracol but just made him gag so I was advised by a neighbour to try Gripe Water...Off I trotted to the shop to get some.
              I brought my 150ml bottle from Sainsbury's for £2.05 but have seen it for £1.09 in Wilkinson's since.

              Woodawards had been around since 1851 and is committed to the development of its products. Gripe Water has improved over the years for child safety - since the launch of the product over 150 years it no longer contains colouring or alcohol.

              Woodwards Gripe Water is on the shelves to help babies and toddlers with trapped wind...Hoping the result will be a resounding and satisfying burp and a happy baby.

              This product is packed in a white box, with an illustrated picture of a happy baby on it. The name Grip Water is in a dark blue with a highlighted pink area behind it. The Woodwards logo sit's proudly on the top of the cardboard box in a dark blue print.
              The gripe water comes in a 150ml clear glass bottle. The liquid itself is clear and has a spearmint and aniseed aroma to it?!?!

              I thought the administration of this would be a nightmare but I put the liquid in the teat of a bottle and my baby sucked it all out.
              Gripe water should not be given to babies under 1 month old but doses for other ages are as follow -
              * One to six months - 1 teaspoonful (5ml)
              * Six months to two years old - 2 teaspoonfuls (10ml)
              * Two years old and above - 2 to 3 teaspoonfuls (10-15ml)

              Now did it work!?! I would like to say 100% it worked but even after a few doses my baby was still uncomfortable and unhappy?? But after a days worth of Gripe water he improved started giving a HUGE burp after every feed and seemed more settled. I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or it worked but he seemed happier after 24 hours of it.

              I would recommend that if you have a baby suffering with wind give this a go as it cheap and possibly works. Although it does not contain alcohol or colouring be aware it does contain a few E numbers.

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                28.08.2011 16:05
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                It was my lifeline in those dark days of endless screaming, definately worth trying

                My dd was born perfect, little did I know within 8-10 days she would make me seriously doubt she was angelic as she had first seemed!

                I tried Infacol to no avail. DD took it willingly but it didnt seem to make a difference.

                I was told about gripe water, but advised that she couldnt take it until she was 4 weeks. I forgot about it and plodded along with cool boiled water & infacol.

                The worst night she had I was pacing the front room, in tears myself not knowing what to do at 1am in the morning. Suddenly it dawned on me that she was 5 weeks and now gripe water could be used (suitable from 1 month) I dashed to our 24hr Tesco praying it wouldnt be behind the counter. It wasn't thankfully. It was around the £2 mark, to be honest I would have emptied my bank account I was that desperate.
                I didnt even wait until I got home, I gave it then and there to her in the store. Within 5 seconds, she let out the biggest sounds (both ends) and presto the crying halted.

                I hoped it wasnt a one off, and thankfully it worked every time.

                Dosage - Unlike some wind aides, which you need to give at frequent intervals ie each feed, with Gripe water, you don't. Just a small amount as and when needed. It doesn't need to build up in the body like infacol. If my dd wasnt in pain, I didn't give this to her.
                It doesnt come with a medicine spoon, so you need to use your own, or a seringe which I found easier. I soon realised that dd didnt even need the 5ml, for us dipping her dummy in it was enough, each time without fail brought almost instant relief. I used a standard dummy which I kept aside especially for the grip water, my friend brought a proper medicine dummy that you could fill up, but as I said my dd didnt need 5 mls.

                I used this up until dd was approx 6 months, after that she didnt seem to have any wind pain anymore.

                I still keep an emergency bottle in my cupboards as Ive read on wikipedia that ''adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments''
                It does also state that there is no clinical evidence for the effectiveness of Gripe water, but it worked miracles for my dd, mind you I do have an open mind to most types of alternative medicines.

                The down side is, it only has a 14 day shelf life once opened, but for the price it didnt really bother me that much. It also contains E215, E217 & E219 - I have no idea what those are but I know some mums go by E numbers, so just incase it helps!

                The goodside, if its going to work, you will know about it within seconds, it doesnt need to build up to be effective, pleasant tasting for babies, no alcohol, no sugar, no colouring.

                My other mummy friend, found gripe water worked on her eldest but not on her youngest, infacol didnt work on her eldest but worked on her youngest, so Id say if you have tried others and are getting no where this is definately worth a shot.

                Id say try this first, but as a mum I know its rare for a baby to get past 1 month old without wind pain, so Id imagine you would already be trying others suitable from birth - if they don't work Id be surprised if Gripe water didn't.

                Last words to parents of newborn struggling, it feels like it is lasting an eternity, I remember the stage all too well, but keep going strong, it definately doesnt last forever!

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              • Product Details

                For the symptomatic relief of distress associated with wind in infants up to one year old. 1 month+