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is gripe water (gas relief drops) safe to give to a 2 1/2 week old infant?

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Dr. Rajesh Kumar
47 years experience Pediatrics
Yes. : Gripe water can be given to a 2 1/2 week old baby. Make sure it has no alcohol in it. There are other medications also that may be used - discuss with baby's doctor. Best of course , is no medications if at all possible. Mom refraining from milk intake herself sometimes may help.
Answered on Dec 21, 2015
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
There is no evidence of efficacy of gripe water or similar products in relieving gas pains or colic. Most include alcohol or sugar that pose health risks to infants. In 1993 the FDA banned import of Woodward's gripe water into the U.S. as an unapproved drug; since then it's been sold in the U.S. as a "dietary supplement". See en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gripe_water for details.
Dec 20, 2015

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