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Can Gripe Water Cause Constipation
My baby is 6 months and she has really bad colics, constipation and vomits if she is not held up for 30min. Is gripe water safe to use, for how long?
Likely safe...: ...But probably not effective. Reflux is normal in many babies. The children normally grow out of it toward the end of their first year. The best approach is to keep kids comfortable by keeping them upright and occasionally with dr. Prescribed acid blocking medicines if needed. Good luck! ...Read more
My child is three weeks and she being constipated since she was two weeks I have tried gripe water and lacson, warm water I have change the formula but still nothing please assist?
Constipated baby: First make sure it is really constipation: Babies often strain to pass wind or normal stools (a normal condition called dyschezia). Constipation is the passage of hard dry stools. As a temporary measure you could use paediatric glycerine suppositories or lactulose syrup. Consult a paediatrician first before changing formula. Some formulas are more prone to cause constipation than others. ...Read more
5 days old new born baby, crying during night, most of the time, even having drink breast milk, may know the cause, is it ok if we give gripe water?
No Evedence: Gripe water is an old english homeopathic remidy for infant reflux and many other ailments. The origional version was essentialy herbal tea and about 8% alcohol. No wonder it calmed down babies. Todays formulations do not have alcohol. However, there is no evedence gripe water helps sooth infants. More importantly, there is no evedence to affirm its safty. Therefore, I do not recamend it. ...Read more
Oral hygiene: Gripe water may have a soothing effect in babies because of its sweetness, but research has shown it to be of no therapeutic effect. Your baby may be accumulating some food debris in his/her mouth causing bacteria to proliferate and causing bad breath. Make sure you swab your child's mouth clean after feeding. Visit your pediatrician and have your baby examined for upper respiratory and gut problm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not recommended: Gripe water is an herbal preparation with a variety of ingredients. Since it is not evaluated by the fda, it can contain non-approved substances. There is no clinical evidence that it can help with symptoms. If your infant is fussy, not eating well, or having other symptoms, be sure and see your pediatrician promptly. ...Read more
No: The chemistries are different. The gas drops are supposed to break down the bubbles to pass in an easier fashion. Gripe contains a number of products traditionally used to calm the baby, in small quantities. Whether it works is not clear, as are the gas dropstry it and see. What works for 1 baby may not work for another. ...Read more
Yes: Mylicon (simethicone) is safe for babies. It helps break up small bubbles so they can burp. Gripe water is generally safe for babies. However there are so many different kinds now. Check with your doctor about specific products. ...Read more
Doubt any harm: A variety of items have been offered to qwell fussy babys since the 1700's, most implying some sort of stomach upset as the cause. A variety of gripe waters are available, some monitored by the fda and some not. Most appear to have harmless ingredients & in small amounts are probably fine. I have never recomended them. If I did it would be one monitored by the fda. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See Your Doctor: Your baby has "gripes", a term for colic. It is important to know your baby's age to give you the best answer however colic begins at 2 wks old, peaks during age 2 mos, resolves by age 3-5 mos with crying >3 hrs/day, >3 days/wk, & > 3 wks duration. It is important to have your baby checked since crying can signal many serious illnesses at this age. See your doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment ...Read more
Grape water or gripe: Never heard of gripe water ;mothers milk is Gods milk, grape water is mild but digestive enzymes not fully developed for such unusual drink and may get gassy;if substituting this for moms milk not good because baby now satisfied but not enough nutritian, gods milk is best. Maybe if constipated, 2-4 oz of water or grape juice ok ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: The products can be given alone or together. ...Read more
Ask pedriatic nephro: Gripe water is quite variable in composition from place to place. Would ask pediatric nephrologist or pediatrician. ...Read more
I have read a lot of conflicting information about "gripe water." is gripe water safe and/or effective for my newborn?
13 days old baby with really bad wind. Have tried everything including gripe water. Anything else I can try to ease her pain?
Gas: Without knowing more details it's difficult to give a complete answer. If you are breast feeding - examine your diet, is there anything that you are eating that could be causing increase gas for your baby? If you are bottle feeding - are you burping your baby frequently? Are you using powder formula or pre-mixed? If you are using the powder, try changing to the pre-mixed. Discuss with your pediatr ...Read more
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