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      16.03.2013 16:05
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      essential bit of kit for babies

      In the first few weeks of his life, my son was always very cranky and uncomfortable and I couldn't find any particular reason, so I presumed he was having colic, especially as I could hear weird loud noises in his tummy and he seemed to feel better lying on his stomach.

      Pretty much everyone I spoke to suggested gripe water, while also mentioning that colic is just one of those things they have to grow out of.

      I got the gripe water for around £2, I think. It came in a carton with a picture of a baby on it. Although it was only suggested for babies older than one month, I used it when my son was even younger and it did not cause him any particular problems.

      Gripe water comes in a transparent glass bottle with a label that you peel off giving further details on the constituents and usage. Gripe water is a very ancient remedy, having been around for more than 150 years. For the modern user, it is now available in a n alcohol and sugar free version.

      It is transparent, fairly tasteless and has a mild smell which is quite neutral. I didn't have any difficulty in getting my baby to take it, perhaps because he was so young.

      The essentially active ingredients in gripe water are dill oil, which soothes the stomach and bicarbonate which neutralises the acid and prevents the formation of bubbles which distend the stomach and cause cramps.

      I remember that I used the medicine quite often and it was effective, but for short periods of time. Which is quite acceptable when you have a screaming baby and you dont know what to do.

      Eventually, he stopped having colic and I ended up throwing away quite a lot of the gripe water, which should be used within a few days of opening.

      It was definitely useful and helpful, although I would prefer if they made it in smaller bottles.

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      05.11.2008 20:18

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      Would recommend this over more modern colic remedies

      My 1 month old son had been suffering with trapped wind since he was about 2 weeks old. We tried Infacol and Dentinox drops and both did the trick in terms of bringing up wind but the wind was usually accompanied by projectile vomiting! They are also very gloopy and seemed to make bits of his milk stick and congeal in is mouth.

      Once he was a month old I bought Woodwards gripe water as a friend had recommended it. We have only been using it a few days but so far it has done the trick and he is a far happier baby!

      A 5ml dose is recommended but I tried this and it made the burps a little too violent so I dropped the dose to 2.5ml - 3ml with each feed. If he is still a little windy afterwards I dip his dummy in it and it seems to do the trick.

      I would recommend you buy a syringe as it can be fiddly measuring the exact dose with a spoon.

      Definitely recommend this above the other more modern colic remedies.

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      01.05.2008 20:45
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      an essential addition to your babies medicine box

      Good old fashioned Woodwards Gripe Water - nothing wrong with old fashioned! It's something you associate with babies even if you don't have any - I think everyone has heard of it. It's been around since 1851 !

      You know when your little one needs this magic stuff - the crying starts, the pained expression and the knees held up the the chest. These symptoms are caused by muscle spasms and excess acid created when air bubbles form in the tummy. We all know what trapped wind pains are like and how painful it can be, well imagine how a baby feels. They don't understand why they feel like this. The stomach produces acid - this is due to the amount of air bubbles that are trapped in the babies stomach - the acid is produced to break down the food that the stomach thinks is there when really its just full of gas. The stomach muscles go into cramps and spasms.

      Woodwards Gripe Water is sugar and alcohol free - no good for us adults then eh ?? The active ingredients are Terpeneless Dill Seed Oil which warms and relaxes the tummy, breaking down trapped air bubbles PLUS Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate to neutralise the acid.

      How to use - Shake the bottle then dose according to instructions. I won't state the dose at the moment as I am aware (or have been told) that the dose or age limits have been altered recently.

      Obviously if you find that the dose you have been instructed to give has no effect then you should really seek medical advice. Gripe Water should never be used where impaired kidney function or hypersensitivity to the preservatives included (E215, E217 & E219) exists.

      Gripe Water comes in 150m bottles and is priced at between £2.30 and £3.00.

      I think its one of those "essentials" for your cupboard. Make sure you invest in a dropper as spoons can be very awkward to use when you have a baby wriggling with pain. I bought a little set with a dropper and spoon from morrisons (it was just randomly hung up I think around the washing powers - why there?) It was so easy to use - you just dispense the correct dose right into babies mouth as slow or as fast as is required.

      I do recommend this but you will find it works great for some babies and possibly not so good for others -these babies are all individuals !

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        11.09.2007 20:16
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        Definitely worth having in the cupboard.

        Gripe water is one of the many products that you associate with babies and in my experience, it always seems to be the thing that people of an older generation (Mums, Aunties, Grandparents etc) suggest if your baby is grisly and upset.

        I decided to buy a bottle and keep it in my baby cupboard, as this seemed to be an 'essential' item.

        ***** Product Information *****

        The first thing that I noticed was that the company, 'Woodwards', has been trading since 1851, which immediately gave me confidence in the product. This was re-inforced by the recommendation of the product by my own and my husband's family members.

        The product claims:
        'Rapid relief of Wind and Gripe'.

        The ingredients are:
        ** Terpeneless Dill Seed Oil
        ** Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate
        ** E215
        ** E217
        ** E219
        Personally, I have to admit that these ingredients mean absoloutely nothing to me, but I was reassured that the gripe water was alcohol free, sugar free and colour free.

        ***** Dosage *****

        This product should not be used on babies under 1 month of age.

        1 - 6 months - One 5ml spoonful
        6 - 12 months - Two 5 ml spponfuls

        These doses can be given during and after each feed. The doses can be repeated up to 6 times in a 24 hour period.

        ***** How the gripe water works *****

        The box explains a little about gripe and wind, which I found very useful.

        It explains that gripe is caused when air bubbles that form in a baby's tummy cause muscle spasms and excess acid.

        Apparently, when these air bubbles get trapped, the stomach thinks it is full of food, so acids are released that break down food. As these acids are not needed, the baby can get irritation, cramps and spasms.

        The dill oil warms and relaxes the tummy and the sodium hydrogen carbonate neuralises the acid in the baby's tummy.

        The product claims that the results are usually a 'resounding burp'.

        ***** My Experiences *****

        Overall, I am extremely lucky as I have such a happy, easy going baby, so on the odd occasion when she is upset, it is usually because she is hungry. If she cries, however, at other times when I know she does not need feeding and at the same time, her legs are kicking frantically, this is usually when I turn to the gripe water, although I have not used it very often.

        The gripe water is clear and has a mild, almost minty flavour. My daughter does not take the gripe water very well from a spoon and she does pull a slightly strange face when she is taking it. I'm not sure if this is because she dislikes the taste, or whether she is just getting herself so worked up through crying. This is another reason why it is tricky to give her the gripe water from a spoon and also because she is only 5 months old and we haven't really mastered the use of spoons yet.

        Personally, I find it much easier and successful to put a spoonful of the gripe water into her bottle of milk, or to use a smaller 2.5ml spoon (I use the spoon that came with the bottle of Calpol). If it goes into her milk, she does not pull any of the strange faces and she does not seem to notice that it is there.

        I can't say that I have ever noticed a 'resounding burp', as the gripe water claims to result in. I can say, however, that my baby seems to bring her wind up more quickly if she has a spoonful of gripe water in her bottle than she seems to without it, and it does seem to ease her tummy ache.

        I paid about £2.35 for the 150ml bottle of gripe water, which I would say is good value, providing you are able to use the whole bottle. If like me, however, you do not need to use the gripe water very often, you will probably waste alot of it, as it has to be discarded after 2 weeks from opening it.

        The gripe water does not include a medicine spoon, which would be useful, especially when out and about. As I've already mentioned, I have over-come this small problem by using the calpol spoon.

        ***** Would I recommend it?*****

        On the few occasions that I have used the gripe water with my baby, it has definitely worked, so I would recommend it and it seems to be easy to buy, available from many supermarkets and chemists.

        Be prepared, however, to have some spillages if you try the spoon method!!

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          06.02.2003 23:09
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          My daughter loves Woodward's Gripe Water. A 5ml spoonful of it if she has really bad wind and gripes seems to work ever so fast and a dab on her dummy helps to settle her to sleep. I have tried her with Nurse Harvey's Gripe Water but think I will stick with Woodwards as it seems to be less greasy and sticky. The gripe water acts as an antacid and the dill seed oil is a carminative that helps to soothe a fretful baby by warming and relaxing the tummy and allowing trapped air bubbles to disperse. The active ingredients include Terpeneless Dill Seed Oil 2.3mg/5ml Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate 52.5mg/5ml and it also contains E217, E219 and E215. Apparently no undesireable effects have been recorded from using Gripe water properly but it does state that it should not be given to babies under one month old and that there should be no more than six doses given in 24hrs. I couldn't be without gripe water at the moment as my daughter likes a little bit on her dummy. I use this for a variety of reasons, such as, helping her drift off to sleep, calming her when fretful and to keep her occupied whilst waiting for her bottle. She very rarely has to have a full spoonful but I know it is there if I need it. On the whole I would recommend gripe water as I have seen that it works but like everything it might not work for everyone. It can be quite expensive, £2.19 for 150ml, but I have found that bodycare sell Woodwards for £1.89 and Diskos sell Nurse Harvey's for £1.59. If any body else knows where to get it cheaper then I would appreciate knowing as I often throw some away after it has been open for 14 days. Perhaps a smaller bottle would be better.

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            28.11.2002 01:14
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            Anyone who has had children will know how invaluable gripe water is especially for small children and babies. I had my nephew stay over and he had trapped wind. It was awful to see him in so much pain. Luckily for him I had some Woodwards Alcohol and sugar free gripe water in the fridge. I always keep some in the fridge because I often need it for my daughter. A small tsp three times a day is enough to cure the problem. Of course dosage varies according to the age of the child and babies are given a much smaller amount. Please read the back of the bottle for more information on what is the appropriate dosage for your child. The results are really good and within a couple of hours it sets to work. You can tall that it works because the crying stops as it relief?s the pain. The ingredients of the gripe water are perfect for curing trap wind. It contains sodium hydrogen carbonate which helps to neutralise the acid in the stomach and remove it. Therefore, causing the pain to subside. Gripe water comes in liquid form and looks exactly like water. The only problem is, is that it comes in a glass bottle which means that it could easily break if dropped. It is available from all chemists, boots and even places like Superdrugs. It?s extremely good value costing just £1.20 a bottle it will last you a long time. The other good benefit to this product is that its sugar free so if you have small children then you don?t have to worry about giving them this gripe water in fear that their teeth will go wrong. It also lasts a long time. For example, it stores well in the fridge and it won?t go off in the fridge. The only problem is that this product is perfect for mild trapped wind. However, if after giving your child/baby this product then I would recommend taking your child to the doctors for more stronger prescription medication. However, eight out of ten times this product is more than enough. Overall this p
            roduct is really good. Suitable for small babies and young children it is a excellent product to have to relieve trapped wind and put a smile back on your child?s face.

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              29.07.2002 02:41
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              After having my little boy 10 weeks ago, I noticed every time I fed him he would draw his knees up to his chest and scream in pain. The reason for him doing this was because he was suffering from gripe pains (also known as excessive trapped wind). First we tried infacol which worked for the first month then became ineffective so back to the chemist we went to find an alternative. Looking on the shelves in the baby section there were 2 other types of relief for wind and gripe, 'Nurse Harveys' and 'Woodwards'. Reading the back of the boxes they were both identical but i chose the Woodwards. ****************** Did it work? ************ After feeding our baby it was only a matter of time before he got the pains again, so out came the gripe water. Being only 10 weeks old the correct dosage for his age is one 5ml tea spoon. On giving him the spoonfull i could hear his tummy gurgling and within seconds he had stopped screaming and was smiling at us, and then let out a huge burp. ******************** What is gripe? ********* Gripe is caused by muscle spasms and excess acid created when air bubbles form in the babys tummy, then the air bubbles get trapped which makes the tummy feel full, and acids are produced. These acids are not needed and can cause irritation. Because the tummy is full of air bubbles its muscles cannot relax causing cramps and spasms. ********** Is it just for new babies? ******* No the dosages are as follows Babies upto 1 month old = Not to be used 1-6 months = 1 5ml spoonful 6-12 months = up to 2 5ml spoonfuls These doses can be given during or after food, up to 6 times in 24 hours. As with all types of medicines if the symptoms persist consult your doctor. ****************** Safety Warnings ********** Do not use this product where impaired kidney function or hypersensitivity to the preservatives E
              215, E217, and E219 exists. ***************** Ingredients *************** Terpeneless dill seed oil - warms and relaxes the tummy breaking down trapped air bubbles. sodium hydrogen carbonate - neutralises the acid in the babys tummy. Its alcohol free, sugar free, and colour free. ******************** The Cost ************** It only comes in 150ml bottles and costs around £2.00. In my opinion i would highly recommend this to any parent of babies and young children who suffer from wind and gripe.

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                12.03.2001 02:28
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                *What is Gripe Water? Gripe water is a clear liquid with a consistency like water, which tastes similar to aniseed or liquorice, although obviously not as strong. The active ingredients it contains are dill seed oil and sodium bicarbonate. It contains no alcohol or sugar, a great bonus for babies with tiny teeth just appearing. *How do I use it? Gripe water is suitable for babies over one month old. This is one slight problem, as colic is worse in the early months, it has usually gone by four months (so don't despair!) and not being able to use it for a whole month of this time is a drawback. After one month you can give one 5ml spoon up to six times in 24 hours. After six months if your baby has a mild stomach upset you give two 5ml spoons up to six times in 24 hours. The best time to give is before a feed, so that by the end your babies wind is ready to come up. It doesn't come with a spoon, so you will have to either use one that you already have, or buy one of the special baby medicine spoons. The one I use stores the liquid in the handle while you aim it at the babies mouth, which really helps avoid it ending up in babies ear! I would recommend having a bib and towel handy as it can sometimes make babies slightly sick. This doesn't seem to bother them though, and is certainly a price worth paying to relieve their pain. Must be used within two months of opening. I find a bottle only lasts me about three weeks. *Benefits Most babies like the taste and its consistency means it slides down the throat easily. It's cheaper than most brands so a good one to try first as if it works for you it saves you wasting money on a more expensive remedy that does the same thing. A tried and tested solution for many baby's gripe that has been around for over 100 years. *Drawbacks Doesn't work for all babies, and finding out is trial and error. Can be hard to get into a crying baby's mouth. Best
                if used before colic starts, so you have to be a bit of a fortuneteller. Glass bottle easy to knock over or brake, and doesn't travel very well.

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                  17.12.2000 01:16
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                  I tried this gripe water when my daughter suffered from colic, with no result, so this time when my son (now 10 weeks old) suffered from suspected colic a couple of weeks ago, I tried this after everything else had failed - and it worked! It was amazing, as it had no effect at all on my daughter. It works seemingly immediately - it quiets him and he relaxes straight away - wonderful. I can't recommend it highly enough - and I really can't understand why it works for some and not others, but, hey, it's worth a try. Good luck!!

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                  02.12.2000 06:45
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                  As my title says it is the best gripe water,that I have tried . My first child whos now thirteen used to suffer from really bad colic,which would go on for hours,his suffering got so bad I would end getting upset,because I just could not help him. A trip to my health visitor,brought a suggestion to try Gripe water.She recommended a different brand to try,which turned out to be useless. Next I tried colic drops that you put directly in his bottle,still the colic went on. Then a friend of mine recommended woodwards,I gave it immediately before his feed and hey presto success. It produced huge Burps,straight after his feed.Sometimes I would only have to sit him up and up came the wind. Result one happy baby and definately one happy mum.Feeding time then became much more relaxed and a pleasure. I have had three more children since my first,and have always had a bottle of Woodwards on hand in the cupboard. Now I even give my children a spoonful if they have a tummy ache caused by wind,and it nearly always settles them stomachs. Over the years Woodwoods has been made alcohol and sugar free,which has got to be good for babies,and older children too.

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                  15.10.2000 17:06

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                  My child suffered from colic til about a month or so old, we were advised by a Midwife not to use gripe water as had been suggested by several people as it had alchohol in it and we should try Infacol. We tried Infacol but it didnt work so we then turned to our Health Visitor for further advise. We told her what the Midwife had said about Gripe Water and she advised us that it had not contained alchohol for 10 years. She also told us that it was definately worth giving it a try which is what we did. It was fantastic and did the trick with no projectile vomiting as experienced with Infacol. He burps like a real trooper and what we praise him for now we will probably tell him off for in the very near future. We purchased this product at 0ur local Asda store but I think I have seen it in Boots and the Co-op Late shops also.

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