Gripe water – 23 questions about colic drops and gripe water

There are many questions about gripe water and here you will find a selection of the most common ones and their answers. Before you buy colic drops, start searching for Woodwards gripe water or Mommy’s bliss gripe water online, you should have a look at this Q&A page that can be a great help in making the right choices. For most this is a passing stage and your baby will soon stop crying from gas. But even if it is just a matter of 3 months the remedies can truly make a difference so it is well worth to learn more about them and pick the one that will fit your baby the best.

Remember that gripe water just like other working remedies for baby colic like Secrets Of Tea Magic Tea must be used correctly to give the desired results.

Let us jump into the questions and have a look at their answers…

23 questions about colic drops and gripe water

  1. Are colic drops, gripe water and gas drops the same?

These drops do the same but in different ways. Some like the gas drops the best because they aren’t ingested, other prefer gripe water because it us all natural like Mommy’s Bliss gripe water, yet others go for the colic drops like Colic Calm that treats gas, hiccups and colic with one remedy.

  1. What is pediatric colic drops?

These are colic treatments made for small infants. Drops like Telament Paediatric Colic Drops are known for their effectiveness against colic and wind but pay attention to the fact that they have ingredients that are not natural and must be used with care according to their instructions.

  1. Where can I get gripe water for colic?

You can buy this product at a local pharmacy but if you want better prices you should look online. Amazon is a great choice where you can quickly compare products and read reviews from real users that will guide you to or from a specific product.

  1. Why not use gripe water?

If the baby is not old enough for the brand you want to use you should not use it. You might also want to be careful with colic drops and gripe waters that include alcohol and substances that are not natural. Also look for FDA approval or similar certification in your country not to take risks with herbs and ingredients that are not controlled and checked to be safe.

With homemade gripe water you control the ingredients
With homemade gripe water you control the ingredients
  1. What exactly is gripe water and how does it work?

Gripe water is a liquid with natural ingredients like fennel, chamomile, ginger, cinnamon, licorice and more. This liquid is meant to soothe a baby tummy which is upset and gassy. It works by having a soothing effect and also by giving the parent a tool that can reduce stress which in itself has a negative effect on the situation.

  1. Why was Woodwards gripe water discontinued?

2012 caused some gripe water commotion as one of the most popular brands Woodwards was temporarily halted on the UK market. The reason was the wording on the packaging. Today you can get Woodwards gripe water easily on Amazon, good choice when you want gripe water without alcohol.

  1. Are there side effects to gripe water?

Yes, there can be side effects but this highly depends on the gripe water ingredients. If the baby is allergic to one of the herbal extracts it can cause different reactions like skin rashes, more upset stomach and perhaps even a swollen through and breathing difficulties. The fennel plant extracts can have chemical similarities to the estrogen hormone which can influence the sexual development of the body. This is mostly of relevance when the gripe water is used for an extended period. If the product includes sweetener a possible side effect to gripe water can be tooth decay.

  1. Which gripe water is FDA approved?

The most common colic drops products and tummy soothers for babies are FDA approved but never count on it. If you choose Colic Calm it is FDA approved. Mommy’s Bliss gripe water should also be approved, check the version you are buying.

  1. How is gripe water made?

Gripe water can be made at home by boiling the herbs and adding other ingredients. The commercial ones are made in industrial fashion in larger facilities where the different ingredients are mixed and bottled to produce the colic drops, gas drops and gripe waters that we can buy over counter.

  1. When to use gripe water vs gas drops?

Gas drops should be used when you know that the baby has a lot of wind and not necessarily colic problems. As you probably know this is a pretty shady area and there are yet to be scientific proves of what colic really is. As a parent you need to listen to your baby and choose the remedy you think work the best. Use safe gas drops and gripe water, and go for the ones that gives results whether it be soothe the baby or reduce wind.

  1. Can you use gripe water and infacol together?

Yes, it is possible to use both hoping to treat wind and burps in one shot. Just monitor this well and make sure that the baby responds well to the different products.

  1. Which gripe water to use?

Different moms vouch for different brands and products. Among the most popular you find Gerber, Mommy’s Bliss and Woodwards gripe water.

  1. Why does gripe water make babies sleepy?

Try crying for 6 hours and then get a relief, what will you do? Right, go to sleep!

Gripe water for good sleep...
Gripe water for good sleep…
  1. Why use gripe water?

If you feel like you have tried most things and they aren’t working it is time to use gripe water. Pick a good brand and see if this will change the situation. Remember that it is always good to discuss using colic drops, gas drops and gripe water with your pediatrician before you start.

  1. Why does gripe water need to be refrigerated?

The natural kinds without preservatives needs the cool to stay good longer. If they are exposed to high heat they might spoil altogether so proper storage is a must.

  1. What does gripe water taste like?

Many times like concentrated sweet herbal tea. Try your baby’s for yourself before you give it!

This is how you can make your own:


  1. How to give colic drops when breastfeeding?

After feeding, drop the colic drops on baby’s tongue. Follow the ordination of the drops you are using and try to be consistent in order to see results from the treatment faster.

  1. Why is gripe water called that way?

It is said that the founder of gripe water in the UK, William Woodward, took the name from the 19th century name for gastroenteritis, namely watery gripes.

No more griping with the gripe water!
No more griping with the gripe water!
  1. Is there gripe water for adults?

Adults have many other options but there is no problem using the baby colic drops or other gas remedies for infants if you have them at home and suffer from similar problem. Adults can also use gripe water!

  1. Can you overdose on colic drops?

It is possible to overdose on colic drops but this rarely lead to life threatening problems. If overdose happens and symptoms like heavy breathing and problems passing stool occur it is important to seek immediate medical help.

  1. When can babies drink gripe water?

Depending on the product used it can be given to the baby from the very first few weeks to sometime during the baby’s first year. Babies usually don’t drink it, you drop it on the tongue or mix it into bottle.

  1. Why does gripe water expire?

Just like all other products gripe water has an expiration date. This date will be influences by your storage. The ingredients in the bottle will not stay fresh and potent forever, that’s why it expires.

  1. When to stop colic drops?

When the baby becomes calmer and has less gas it is time to stop. You can do this gradually to see if the colic drops or gripe water is still needed.

Here are some tips for how to treat colic from Dentinox:

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