It’s 11 p.m. and your baby won’t fall asleep because she’s suffering from painful gas. Not sure what to do? How about trying Gripe Water. Never heard of it? Well, gripe water is one of the best and oldest homeopathic remedies to soothe digestive pains caused by colic, gas or reflux.kanagawasuido
What is gripe water?
First, let’s start off explaining where it got its name.
In a round about way, it probably came from a bonus effect from a formula Nottingham doctors used in the mid-1800’s to treat fen fever (malaria). The doctors discovered the formula not only treated the fen fever, it also soothed crying babies with gastroenteritis. The slang at the time for gastroenteritis was “watery gripes.” It is thought that pharmacist William Woodward, who registered the words “gripe water” as a trademark in 1876, and sold bottles to the public and doctors, was influenced by the 19th century slang. Woodward’s Gripe Water caught on like wildfire and became immensely popular in Europe as a home remedy for baby gas. It still exists today.
Modern day gripe water is a twist on the one that began so long ago. Today, ingredients, such as chamomile, fennel, caraway, peppermint, and ginger, are used for their specific ability to stimulate the body’s self-healing process. Brand names include Baby’s Bliss, Colic Calm, Little Tummies, and Colic Ease. Each brand has their own unique blend of ingredients, but they are all trying to achieve the same end. That is, to overcome the symptoms of baby gas naturally with no side effects.
Yes, but does gripe water work?
It works. Check out baby forums and read about the successes parents have had with it. One argument that it works can be found in the longevity of the stuff. It has been around in one form or another since the middle of the 1800’s. It is a standard baby shower gift to give in Europe.
Also, the natural ingredients that exist in the different formulas have been used since the middle ages to relieve intestinal gas and intestinal cramping.
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