How to Give Woodward's Gripe Water

Updated April 17, 2017

Trying to decipher the reason behind your fussy baby can be a challenge. It may be down to trapped wind and gripping pains in your baby's stomach. Woodward's Gripe Water was originally formulated by William Woodward in 1851 to help ease the problem. Although the original formula contained 3.6 per cent alcohol, as of 1992 Woodward's gripe water is alcohol-, colour- and sugar-free in many countries, according to the "Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine." Check with a doctor or health care professional before giving your child gripe water.

Shake the bottle of Woodward's Gripe Water well. Give the gripe water either before or during a feeding.

Read the instructions on the packaging to determine the correct dosage. For babies from 1 month to 6 months the dose is 1 tsp or 5ml; for infants 6 months to 2 years it's 2 tsp or 10ml. For children 2 years and above it's 2 to 3 tsp or 10 to 15ml.

Pour some Woodward's Gripe Water into a small, clean medicine cup.

Press the plunger on the oral syringe as far as far down as it will go to expel the air, then place the tip of the oral syringe into the medicine cup. Pull the plunger back gently; draw the gripe water into the syringe. Stop when you reach the desired measurement marking.

Position your baby in the crook of your arm. Place the oral syringe between the inside of your baby's cheek and tongue. Gently press the plunger down to dispense the gripe water. Give the gripe water in small squirts and wait until your baby has swallowed the gripe water before dispensing more.

Return unused gripe water from the medicine cup back into the bottle, then wash the oral syringe and medicine cup.


If your baby doesn't like the taste of the gripe water, mix it with milk or juice. Instead of using an oral syringe you can use a medicine dropper, dosage spoon, dosage pacifier or dosage cup. Discard the opened bottle of Woodward's Gripe Water after 14 days.


Woodward's Gripe Water is unsuitable in babies under 1 month. Never give your child Woodward's gripe water if he suffers from kidney problems. Never dispense the gripe water at the back of your baby's throat; it can lead to a coughing fit or gagging.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic oral syringe
  • Plastic medicine cup
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Based in New York, Foziya Khan has been writing health and fitness articles for more than six years. She is a nutrition counselor by trade, specializing in weight management. Khan holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a Master of Science degree in nutrition and food management from the University of Huddersfield.