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Woodwards Gripe Water

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What is Woodwards Gripe Water

Woodward's gripe water is both an antiacid and antiflatulent. Due to trapped air in the tummy it is used to alleviate griping pressure or waves of extreme abdominal pain in babies. It can be given to babies aged 1 to 12 months. Woodward's gripe water provides consistent relief from the stomach pain caused in children and babies by gas, indigestion, and acidity.

What is Woodward’s Gripe Water?

Woodward’s gripe water is an antiacid and antiflatulent product. It is used to relieve griping pain or waves of severe abdominal pain in babies, due to trapped air in the tummy. It can be given to babies from 1 to 12 months. Woodward’s gripe water provides systematic relief from the stomach pain caused due to the gas, indigestion and acidity in children and infants. 

Can I buy Woodward’s Gripe Water online?

Woodward’s Gripe Water does not require a prescription although you are very welcome to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy to discuss how best to use this product. It can be purchased in 150ml bottles and will be sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery

What dose should I choose?

Woodward’s gripe water is only for babies aged from 1 to 12 months old. 

For babies 1 to 6 months old: give one 5ml spoonful.

For babies 6 to 12 months old: give two 5ml spoonful’s.

Give the Woodward’s gripe water, during or after feeding.

Do not use Woodward’s Gripe water more than 6 times in 24 hours. 

Gripe water may be prescribed as a remedy for digestive issues by a doctor. However, it should never be given in large quantities to a baby or used as a dietary substitute.

How effective is Woodward’s Gripe Water?

Woodward’s gripe water is an effective way of treating and controlling indigestion, acidity and gas in infants. Sodium Bicarbonate (active ingredient of  Woodward's gripe water) has been scientifically tested and proven to be highly effective in neutralizing acidity in babie's stomach.

How does Woodward’s Gripe Water work?

Mothers and nannies first used the original gripe water in the 1850s. It contained alcohol as it was believed it made babies relaxed. Of course, modern science suggests that giving alcohol to babies can be toxic. In recent times, it is believed that liquorice, dill, ginger and fennel in Gripe Water help to relieve gas and stomach discomfort. Some experts believe that it might be effective simply because it tastes sweet.

How long should a baby take Woodward’s Gripe Water for before I notice a difference?

Woodward’s Gripe Water should be given to babies when they cry. Woodward’s gripe water should not be provided more than 6 times in 24 hours. If after giving 6 doses of Woodward’s gripe water, a baby does not relax, then speak to a paediatrician or doctor.

How should I administer Woodward’s Gripe Water?

Woodward’s gripe water is designed for babies aged 1 to 12 months old. Administer the Woodward’s gripe water during or after feeding. Make sure that Woodward’s gripe water is not given more than 6 times in 24 hours. If symptoms persist, contact or speak to a pharmacist or a doctor. For 1-6 months old babies, give one 5ml spoonful. For 6-12 months old babies, give two 5ml spoonfuls. 

While Woodward’s gripe water is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, as with any new food or drink introduced to a baby, parents and carers should watch out for any symptoms of an allergic reaction such as itchiness, watery eyes, hives, swelling of the tongue or lips, trouble swallowing or breathing, vomiting or diarrhoea.

What are the side effects of Woodward’s Gripe Water?

While Woodward’s gripe water is not likely to cause an allergic reaction, as with any new food or drink being introduced to a baby, you should watch out for the symptoms of an allergic reaction such as itchiness, watery eyes, hives, swelling of tongue or lips, trouble swallowing or breathing, vomiting or diarrhoea.

When shouldn’t I take Woodward’s Gripe Water?

Woodward’s gripe water should not be given to babies who suffer from impaired kidney function or hypersensitivity to hydroxybenzoate. Babies with rare hereditary problems such as fructose intolerance must not be given Woodward’s gripe water.

What is the difference between Woodward’s Gripe Water and Mylicon?

Woodward’s gripe water and Mylicon gas drops are both used for treating indigestion, acidity and gas in infants. However, Woodward’s gripe water is much stronger than other anti-gas drops.

What is Woodwards Gripe Water used for?

Woodwards Gripe Water is a liquid medicine used for the treatment of trapped air in babies which causes abdominal pains.

Can all babies use Woodwards Gripe Water?

Woodwards Gripe Water is suitable for use by babies aged from 1 months old to 12 months old.

What is the active ingredient in Woodwards Gripe Water?

The active ingredient in Woodwards Gripe Water is sodium bicarbonate. This ingredient is effective at releasing trapped wind in babies which may cause abdominal pain.

Do I need a prescription to purchase Woodwards Gripe Water?

No, you do not require a prescription to purchase Woodwards Gripe Water. However if you are unsure whether this product is right for you, you are welcome to book a free consultation with one of our medicine experts.

When should I give my baby Woodwards Gripe Water?

It is advised to give Woodwards Gripe Water to your baby during or after feeding. This is to allow for the easy release of trapped gas.

What dose of Woodwards Gripe Water should I give to my baby?

The recommended dosage of Woodwards Gripe Water varies depending on the age of your baby. The recommended dosage is as follows:

  • Babies aged 1 months old to 6 months old: one 5ml spoonful
  • Babies aged 6 months old to 12 months old: two 5ml spoonfuls

What is the maximum dose of Woodwards Gripe Water?

The maximum dose of Woodwards Gripe Water is 6 doses in 24 hours. You should not exceed this number of doses.

How long after using Woodwards Gripe Water does it take to notice improvements in my baby's condition?

You should begin to notice improvements within the first few doses of Woodwards Gripe Water. If after giving your baby a total of 6 doses of Woodwards Gripe Water you notice no improvements in symptoms, you should stop using Woodwards Gripe Water and seek medical advice from a doctor.

Is Woodwards Gripe Water suitable for everyone to use?

Although Woodwards Gripe Water is generally safe to use, it is not suitable for everyone. You should not give your baby woodwards Gripe Water if they have any of the following:

  • Impaired kidney function
  • Fructose intolerance
  • Allergy to hydroxbenzoate

How should I store Woodwards Gripe Water?

You should store Woodwards Gripe Water in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. This product should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.

What size of Woodwards Gripe Water am I able to purchase?

You are able to purchase Woodwards Gripe Water in sized bottles of 150ml.

How long is the shelf life of Woodwards Gripe Water?

The shelf life of Woodwards Gripe Water is usually 2 years from the date of manufacture. However this may differ if the product is not stored in the appropriate and recommended conditions.

Woodwards Gripe Water contains a formula which is gentle and safe for delicate and young babies. Due to the gentle formula, your baby is unlikely to experience side effects from using this product. If your baby experiences any of the following:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Severe irritation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Watery eyes
  • Diarrhoea

Your baby may be experiencing an allergic reaction. In this case you should stop using Woodwards Gripe Water immediately and seek medical advice from a doctor as soon as possible.

Always read the patient information leaflet before starting your treatment. The patient information can be found here.

Authored by Jana Abelovska

Last reviewed 20 April 2021

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