As a new mother, I had a great deal to learn about natural health. Unfortunately, on a number of occasions, I learned the hard way.
It took me a few years to realize that natural remedies, such as organic gripe water, should be my first resort. This way, I can potentially avoid some of the side effects that can happen with pharmaceuticals. Please understand that I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice. With babies, especially, health concerns need to be discussed with a pediatrician. All I’m doing here is sharing my own story.
My first child was very fussy. She had a horrible case of colic. I don’t know how my husband and I lived through it, to say nothing of how uncomfortable she must have been. So, just before I delivered my second baby, I made sure I had a popular over-the-counter colic drug in the house, before I brought him home from the hospital.
However, this drug made by newborn constipated. He was probably miserable too, and for no reason. This drove the point home that all drugs have side effects. This appeared to be one of them. (However, we should watch for any potentially unusual reactions with herbal remedies as well.)
Organic Gripe Water For Babies
Instead, what I should have been doing was waiting to see if he was going to be colicky. (If it’s not broken, don’t try to fix it.) As it turns out, he didn’t have colic. He was a very easy baby. He ate a lot during the day, and slept a lot at night, once he got on a schedule. If it turned out that he needed help, I should have turned to a natural remedy that’s been used for a couple hundred years.
Gripe water is the generic name for a colic formula, typically made with fennel or other plants designed to gently ease gas pains and facilitate better digestion. The first “gripe water” formula was developed in England, in the middle of the 19th century. There are many different versions you can buy. But the one seen below is organic and contains no chemicals or synthetic fillers. Fennel, ginger and chamomile are the active ingredients.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use herbal remedies unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional. Parents with health concerns should discuss them with a physician. This article is not intended as medical advice.