Woodward’s Gripe Water Review

What is Gripe Water?

Gripe water is a remedy for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux and other stomach ailments.   Before it became a commercial product women made it at home.  The ingredients are varied and sometimes include alcohol,soda bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel and chamomile. Adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments as well.

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Gripe water was discovered by William Woodward.  It originally contained 3.6% alcohol, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar and water.  However today many muslim countries, the U.S. have replaced alcohol and sucrose with other ingredients but sodium bicarbonate continues to be the primary active ingredient, along with the mainstays of dill and fennel oils.  Alcohol is not permitted in the gulf and sucrose destroys the teeth.

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Most doctors prescribe it cause it helps a baby digest the milk better.

  • Quantity: 200 ml
  • Price: 45 INR

The concoction available in India has the following ingredients:

It is called an Ayurvedic Medicine here and contains Sarjikakshara, Anethum Graveolens oil, Sugar and Aqua.  It contains preservatives too namely Bronopol, Sodium Methylparaben, Sodium Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate.

Gripe water smells and tastes yummy.  I can say that because I too have it sometimes.  It’s sweet and I wonder if that is why a baby feels so pacified after a spoonful.

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Gripe Water Dosage/The dosage is as follows:

  • New born infant – 2 1/2 ml (1/2 teaspoonful)
  • 1-6 months old – 5  ml (1 teaspoonful)
  • 6 months to 1 year – 10 ml ( 2 teaspoonfuls)
  • 2 years and above – 10 – 15 ml (2-3 teaspoonfuls)

Gripe Water Ingredients:-

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There are several brands of gripe water made by different manufacturers available in the Indian market today and they contain one or more of these ingredients:

  • Anise to aid digestion
  • Angelica to soothe upset stomach
  • Caraway to relieve flatulence and indigestion
  • Cardamom to relieves flatulence and indigestion
  • Catnip to support digestion and relieve upset stomach
  • Chamomile to settle the stomach
  • Cinnamon bark to aid digestion and relieve flatulence and vomiting
  • Dill to dispels flatulence, stimulate appetite and settle stomach
  • Fennel for stomach upset, hiccups, gas
  • Ginger to ease nausea and other digestive problems
  • Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) to decrease stomach acidity

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Is gripe water safe?

Gripe water is safe when used as directed but you should consult your pediatrician if you have any concerns about using it.  The expiry date to a bottle is about 2 years.  It is good to keep a bottle of this especially when you travel.  It is not always that a doctor is available and the slightest discomfort in a child is unbearable.  It is a sturdy and travel friendly bottle.

Have you tried Woodward’s Gripe water for your baby?  Do you know of any other home remedies for baby’s colic?


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  1. I have tasted it’s really yummy..I used to have it daily when my brother was a baby…:-D

  2. is it..i am going to taste it 😛

  3. taste it for will love it..ask chunmun to spare some for you…:-P

  4. she’s trying to fool you coz she does’nt want to share it with mommy…

  5. I always used home made gripe water for my daughter….It is made using ajwain…

    • Hi,may baby girl 5 months old
      How to made gripe water in home
      Ajwan snd saunf se kaisa gripe water bannate bolye

  6. u mean ajwain and saunf ..right ? how old is yur daughter Candni ?

  7. i’ve never heard abt this… !!

  8. i’ve never used gripe water for kids bcoz of alcohol content.

    Moreover doctors advise against gripe water.

    very rarely i used Himalaya’s Bonnisan may be three or four times

    • Hi Madura, Initially i too doubted it but then my mom gave me gripe water for years and i am quite healthy so i guess its kind of ones own decision 🙂

  9. my neighbour told me that her mother boils ajwain in water and then strains it and she drinks this through the day. it keeps her from gas and it keeps from passing to the baby also. She feels good and the child hardly cries in pain…..So she said.

  10. i guess i need to start baby nowadays is little disturb because of that.

  11. u have a list of nice things that will soothe the baby…so like cardamon…u can chew one after ure lunch, then soemtimes chew on a cinnamon stick, sometimes put fennel seeds in a cup of warm water and sip it like a cup of tea… many nice things u can have

  12. i also used it……but just one bottle as i also give my kiddo home made gripe water….but i keep one bottle with me during travel…its so handy…..

    • whats yur recipe of home made one doc.

      • ana…..i put a teaspoon of saunf and few seeds of badi elachi and a little of the skin of badi elachi(hope all that hindi of mine makes sense)…lets put oit that way……badi elachi ke daane,uska thoda sa chilka and teaspoon of saunf …..put this in 500 ml of water…..and bring this water to boil…..starin it…..
        i use this water to make formula milk for my kid,make suzi kheer, to make ragi and mix it with pure boiled r o water in half half ratio to her for drinking…….it serves my purpose…..and no need to give her gripe water separately……..hope it helps…..

  13. Awesome article! Thanks for sharing your information

  14. But is it safe because the one I’m using has paraben in it. Just wanted to know if it still safe.

  15. Nice product and quick service. Woodwards Gripe Water is a excellent remedy for newborn babies. Works in minutes. Thanks for sharing your information

  16. Dr. Man Mohan Saxena says:

    Regarding Harmful Preservatives in Gripe Water: Most of us never read ingredient list on so called ayurvedic preparations. Even if we read, hardly we know the property of some, and the amount added is never mentioned. Sodium benzoate, Methyl paraben and Propyl paraben are harmful to even elder people and have dangerous side effects. So be careful when using such preparations. Excessive use can be dangerous. Please read about the long term cardiovascular effects of parabens, it is available on websites.

  17. woodwards gripe water contain sarjikakshara i.e. sodium it and came to know that sodium bicarbonate is very dangerous for babies..use gripe water which is alcohol free as well as free of sodium bicarbonate..
    so now using Mother Sparsh gripe water..its really effective..

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