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Can I give my baby Gripe Water?

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Can I give my baby Gripe Water to my baby? Is gripe water good for babies? What are the other alternatives for Gripe Water How to reduce colic pain for babies does gripe water reduce colic pain for babies what is colic pain

 

Gripe Water or any Gastric Acid Inhibitors called by multiple brand names like Woodwards, Bonnisan, Colic – aid, etc are the topics of discussion today. Is it good to give gripe water to the baby or not? What is it made of? Alternative Health Remedies.

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What is Gripe Water made of?

There are varieties of Gripe Waters in the market. One of the horrifying ingredients prior to complaints was Alcohol, nowadays you get Alcohol-free Gripe Waters. Natural, Homeopathic, Allopathic varieties are also available. Key ingredients vary from sodium bicarbonate, Herbs like fennel, dill, etc, Sucrose. The shelf life of these vary from 2 years to 3 years and hence the presence of chemical preservatives can’t be ruled out.

Risks involved by giving Gripe Water

The country it evolved has banned its usage for infants and our country and we are yet to outgrow its usage. In brief, I shall share the risks involved.

  1. Alcohol 

    Currently, many brands have stopped including Alcohol, and the packaging highlight that it is alcohol-free. There used to be a time when mothers were advised to give this over the counter medicine regularly to babies to relieve them from colic pain. Remember few were advised to give brandy to babies? Both worked the same way. Helped babies drowse and sleep forgetting the pain. Yes, kids were drugged to sleep, literally.

  2. Sugar 

    Breast milk is naturally sweet and Gripe Water contains sugar in it and hence babies like the taste and gets addicted. The sugar content in it can be harmful to their teeth and gums too. This would also trigger much oral health concern in the future.

  3. Sodium Bicarbonate 

    This chemical isn’t advisable to be used on a regular basis. It is one of the highlighted ingredients in Baking Soda & Baking Powder which too are advised not to be used on a regular basis isn’t it?  It can interfere with the natural PH level in the baby’s stomach. This can cause too much alkalinity and worsen colic symptoms.

  4. Allergy 

    Hives, watery eyes, itchiness, vomiting, swelling of lips or tongue, breathing issues.

  5. Bacterial Overgrowth

    By using unnatural methods when you suppress the PH level inside your stomach there are high chances of bacterial growth in the stomach.

  6. Calcium, Vitamin & Mineral Deficiencies

    By reducing gastric acidity, calcium, and vitamin absorption reduces, thereby weakening the baby. Vitamin B12 deficiency is most heard, also fractures.

  7. Low immunity

    Babies addicted to countertop medicines are less immune.

What are the Alternatives for Gripe Water?

Can I give my baby Gripe Water to my baby? Is gripe water good for babies? What are the other alternatives for Gripe Water How to reduce colic pain for babies does gripe water reduce colic pain for babies what is colic pain

  1. Tummy Time
  2. Digestion Massage
  3. Burp after each feed
  4. Cycling Exercise
  5. Change the formula
  6. Baby Wearing
  7. Try to distract the baby

If your pediatrician suggests giving colic-aid or griping water, most of the time it is because you want it. You keep asking the doctor continuously that your baby is crying, what shall I do? Or prompting him to say ok you can give it.

Your mother, mother-in-law, you, and your siblings had it – still, there is no need for you to have it. If they say you turned out to be fine – no we didn’t or they did as we all are a plethora of diseases and its proof. 2 Generations before us never knew Gripe Water and they actually turned out to be fine, not us.

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Can I give my baby Gripe Water?

Can I give my baby Gripe Water to my baby? Is gripe water good for babies? What are the other alternatives for Gripe Water How to reduce colic pain for babies does gripe water reduce colic pain for babies what is colic pain

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