New parents are often surprised when their vision of an idyllic sleeping infant cradled in their arms is shattered by the reality of a screaming, colicky baby. Colic is diagnosed when an infant cries for more than three hours a day, more than three days a week and for longer than three weeks. The constant crying can be disturbing to parents and painful for babies. While there are many remedies, gripe water has continued to be a strategy endorsed by mothers for generations. Gripe water is a homeopathic concoction that includes herbs such as chamomile, ginger, lemon balm, fennel and peppermint. This homeopathic remedy can be found online or at natural foods stores.
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Things you need
- Measured dispenser
- Formula (optional)
Contact your child's paediatrician. The paediatrician may wish to rule out other physiological reasons for a baby that exhibits symptoms of colic.
Read the instructions on the label. Each brand of gripe water may have a different dosage recommendation. Carefully measure out the dosage with a measured dispenser.
Position the measured dispenser at the corner of the infant's mouth. Young infants will open their mouths when they feel anything against their lips. Slowly dispense the gripe water. Alternatively, pour the gripe water into a bottle and have your baby drink it.
Mix gripe water into infant formula if your baby will not accept it from the bottle or dispenser. Most parents find that their infant cannot discern any difference with their medicated formula and will drink it.
Watch for signs of relief. Gas and indigestion should be relieved within 20 minutes, according to Baby Slumber. Administer gripe water to your infant consistently for best results. You can continue using gripe water for as long as necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Use a spoon or a medicine dropper if you have a difficult time administering gripe water.
- Purchase gripe water that does not contain sugar or alcohol. Alcoholic beverages should never be given to infants or children. Always speak with your child's paediatrician before administering any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.
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