Every day is a learning process, especially if you’re a new mom. Your baby tends to make a new noise each day, leaving you wondering what exactly it needs then and there.
Since babies can’t talk, you need to figure out what they want just by guessing. Now they say that a mom is a doctor to her child, as she knows how to fix every problem.
When babies begin to grow, especially when they’re in their teething phase, which is around the sixth or seventh month, they begin crying a lot, due to the pain of a new tooth making its way through their gums. This tends to cause tummy problems for the little one as well.
The discomfort for the baby results in severe colic pains, which can lead to irritability and sleepless nights, for both the baby and the parents.
Luckily for you, there’s a safe option to rid your baby of those pains, that too, without using high doses of medicine on the baby. The safest pick is gripe water!
What is gripe water?
Gripe water is a type of water made from grocery staples and herbs, which are known to ease stomach pains. It often includes herbs like fennel, ginger, chamomile, cardamom, licorice, cinnamon, clove, and dill. It is one of the safest picks for your kids.
This water is easy to make DIY and can be made by yourself at home, all the while you can also purchase a pre-made formula from the shops.
What is the purpose of gripe water?
Since babies are unable to pass gas when teething, the herbs that absorb into the water in gripe water help reduce the gassiness.
The herbs that are used are well known to help with digestion, hence helping with passing gas, and in return, helps in settling the stomach of gas buildup in infants, often in their first six months of life.
When do you use gripe water?
Gripe water is given to babies during:
- gas buildup
- colic pain
The herbs are known to calm the baby’s tummy and help pass gas, to ease the buildup.
Is gripe water safe to give your little one?
Although gripe water is made of natural and mild ingredients, it is NOT recommended to be given to babies under a month old.
If you’re making the gripe water yourself, then it is considered safe, as you know exactly what’s in it. But if you’re buying a store-made formula, then you need to scan the ingredients strictly.
Avoid buying any formula that has alcohol, sugar, sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda. As these ingredients can worsen a baby’s reflux symptoms and interfere with the pH levels, leading to a worse condition.
Specify that you need a baby formula that won’t be hard on their tummy!
Do babies easily take gripe water?
The taste of gripe water is often sweet, and since it’s a different flavor from the milk they take every day, they tend to enjoy the change in flavor.
You can also mix gripe water with your baby’s formula or breast milk, to give them a single dose of liquid altogether.
Although it is preferred to give gripe water AFTER your baby is done feeding, so the purpose of the gripe water is not cut down.
Are there any possible side effects of giving gripe water to your baby?
Due to the mild ingredients of gripe water, it is generally safe, and hence, there are no imminent side effects. But it’s always better to first give a few drops to your baby and monitor them, in case of any:
- watery eyes
- swelling of the lips or tongue
- a change in breathing
If none of these occur, then your baby can easily adapt to this water.
We’d suggest you always have a bottle at home, you never know when you’ll need it.