Gripe water alternatives

By Victoria Ries

The original Woodward's Gripe Water containing alcohol, has, in recent years, been frowned upon as a remedy for colicky babies with upset stomachs. Gripe water alternatives have become popular; a number of them claim to have the same calming and soothing effect on babies' tummies as Mr. Woodward's original formula.


William Woodward, an American working in England in 1851, discovered gripe water accidentally by noting that babies suffering from fen fever (fever and ague) were soothed and comforted by medicine being given to malaria patients during an outbreak in eastern England. Woodward's Gripe Water contained 3.6% alcohol, sodium bicarbonate, dill oil, sugar and water as its original formula. The first gripe water alternative goes back to the Greeks, where dill and fennel seeds were soaked in boiling water, strained and served as a tea for soothing the stomach.


Gripe water alternatives soothe a baby's tummy with natural ingredients, relieving gas pressure and pain. Baby may be able to burp properly without spitting up now that the gas is moving and being dispersed. The herbal ingredients work fast to quell bubbles and bloating to help the baby relax. Hiccups will cease and teething pain will lessen.


After receiving a gripe water alternative dose the baby's tummy, instead of feeling hard, will become soft and relaxed. The infant will stop crying and begin to feel drowsy as the gripe water alternative works instantaneously, soothing and calming the tummy. The baby will stop being fussy and begin to relax now the pain has been eased. Colicky babies will calm down and be peaceful. Mom will know the gripe water alternative is working when her baby stops crying and starts to fall asleep.


Baby's Bliss gripe water alternative comes in 113gr containers along with handy travel packs. Baby's Bliss gripe water alternative is made from ginger and fennel and is categorised under FDA guidelines as an herbal dietary supplement. ColicEase (see Resources) is formulated according to the FDA guidelines and contains only pure ingredients to relieve your baby's tummy upsets. 100% Certified Organic alternative gripe water is available at egeneralmedical (see Resources) for around $10 plus shipping. Wellements Organic gripe water alternative contains no metylparaben or polyparaben and is gluten and GMO free. ColicCalm (see Resources) is a homeopathic remedy to calm and soothe a colicky baby. Babies love the taste.


Gripe water alternative contains no alcohol or baking soda which modern mothers prefer. When baby sleeps, mom can, too. Try this handy homemade gripe water alternative recipe: Boil in 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp each of chamomile flowers and fennel seed. Allow the mixture to cool. Strain the seeds and chamomile flowers and discard them. Give 1/2 tsp to your colicky infant to relieve his upset tummy.


Always check with your paediatrician before administering herbal remedies to your infant.

About the Author

Victoria Ries is a freelance writer whose work has been published in various print magazines, including "Guideposts," "BackHome," New Homesteading" and "Mother Earth News." Ries enjoys working on diverse topics such as travel, animal rescue, health and home business. Ries is currently working on her B.A. in psychology.