After a few nights of no sleep and a very unhappy newborn, I finally got the energy to research why my sweet little angel turned into a monster over night. Ok so he wasn’t a monster but his painful cries and tense little body was scary to say the least. He looks like Jack from The Nightmare Before Christmas when he is angry. I learned that colic is a broad term used for fussy babies that is generally linked to digestive issues. I did another blog all about this that you can check out here.
Gripe water is one of the Mommy Remedies that every mom I know has used. Many moms tout it as “Mommy’s Miracle”! I had to learn more about this magical concoction that everyone was speaking of. Gripe water has been around since 1851 and is considered a traditional medicine to treat colic, intestinal discomfort, hiccups & more. The ingredients in modern day gripe water are mostly ok, however like most items sitting on store shelves consisted of preservatives & additives. Here is a breakdown of common ingredients…some great, some not so good…
Aloe vera – alleviates bloating and flatulence.
Anise seeds – promote easy digestion.
Angelica – works great for an upset tummy.
Blackthorn – relieves pain and discomfort due to abdominal cramps.
Caraway seeds – enhance digestion and prevent flatulence.
Cinnamon bark extract – improves the process of digestion and helps get rid of nausea.
Cardamom – relieves nausea and vomiting and promotes easy digestion.
Chamomile – helps maintain the health of the stomach.
Dill extract – helps get rid of nausea, offers relief from flatulence, brings back the sick stomach to normal position.
Fennel – works great for the upset stomach and provides quick relief from cramps.
Ginger root extract – helps prevent indigestion and nausea.
Lemon balm – helps get rid of flatulence.
Peppermint – is required to settle down the stomach as it works great for nausea.
Alcohol – It can ruin the bodily systems. Feeding the baby with an addiction inducing element is very dangerous. Alcohol can cause drowsiness.
Charcoal Vegetable Carbon – It lowers the effectiveness of other drugs, which is quite dangerous. It can cause dehydration, swelling or pain in the stomach.
Dairy – The baby can be ‘allergic or intolerant’ to lactose. Lactose can make the baby suffer from excessive gases.
Gluten – The baby can be ‘gluten intolerant’ or ‘allergic to gluten’. Gluten can be harmful for intestinal cells.
Soy – Certain kinds of soy may restrict the body from absorbing nutrients, leading to long-term health problems.
Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) – It can affect the health of the baby seriously. It can affect the pH of the stomach, blood pH, functions of nerves and muscles.
Yeast – It promotes storing of fats in the body, making the baby overweight.
Citric Acid – It can be harmful for the delicate digestive system of the baby, in various ways. Excessive consumption of citric acid is harmful even for adults. It can lead to nausea, loose motions and vomiting. It can act like an allergen for some babies.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/gripe-water-for-newborns.html
- 2 c. distilled water
- 1 slice (about the size of a quarter) fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. dried chamomile (or 1 tea bag’s worth)
- 2 tsp. dried fennel, crushed
- 1/2 tsp. dried cardamom, crushed
- 1/2 to 1 tsp. food grade vegetable glycerin or natural sweetener to taste (no honey until baby is over a year old; also avoid no- or low-calorie sweeteners like stevia, xylitol, erythritol, or artificial sweeteners)
- 1/4 ground cinnamon
- Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan or tea kettle.
- In a muslin bag combine the ginger, chamomile, fennel, and cardamom. If you do not have a tea bag that is ok but you will have to strain the contents very well to make sure that no small pieces remain in the mixture.
- Remove the water from the heat and add the tea bag (or loose herbs). Allow to steep for about half an hour.
- Remove the tea bag (or strain the loose herb). Add the glycerin or other non-honey sweetener and cinnamon to the tea. Store in an airtight, glass container in the refrigerator or freeze into ice cubes. I always freeze measured out doses so I can easily administer with a glass bottle.
Dosage: Do not exceed 6 doses in a 24 hour period
● 0-3 months: 1/2 tsp. (2.5 mL)
● 3-6 months: 1 tsp. (5 mL)
● 6-12 months: 2 tsp. (10 mL)
My little guy loves this stuff. He actually gets mad that he can’t have more. It actually tastes amazing and I have even tried it for my own digestive issues with great success. As always do your own research & consult your physician or midwife before administering anything new to your child. Check out the full medical disclosure here.