Product Type: Woodward's baby products
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Woodwards Gripe Water
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Woodwards Gripe Water
Advantages: Cheap, Very Effective
Disadvantages: Can be difficult to give to a baby unless you have a pipette or baby syringe
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.
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.
Summary: Gripe Water for Trapped Wind.
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