When our daughter was just a tiny newborn and I was a new sleep deprived mother, I would try anything to calm her down. The first weeks were very hard on us, especially the first two before we found out she is allergic to milk protein. But even after that issue was resolved I don't know what bothered her, was it colic, acid reflux, gassineess? How do you know? Infants don't talk.
So it was late in the evening and another episode of 'I have no clue why she is crying'. My husband went to Rite Aid and according to my directions picked up what I thought was a magic potion, advertised very well by the way in every parenting magazine. Baby Bliss Gripe Water seemed to be venerated by many moms in all online reviews I read.
We administered the recomended dose and waited to see what happens. It worked, sort of, in about 10-15 minutes she calmed down more or less. She wasn't extaticly happy or anything, but a lot calmer. The stuff did speed up her bowel movements though, sometimes more than I wanted! But although it worked the first time, the results were inconsistant from then on. Sometimes it worked, other times did absolutely nothing. I am guessing it is because whatever bothered her wasn't always the same thing. Nevertheless I would not consider it as magical as advertised. Also, for teething I would much more highly recommend Hyland's Teething Tablets.
I can also compare this to Little Tummys Gripe Water which we also tried. I would say that Baby Bliss worked slightly better, it wins by maybe a point. The bigger advantage of Baby Bliss though is that it doesn't have to be refrigerated after opening and moreover that it doesn't have questionable ingredients. Little Tummys contains propylene glycol, propylparaben, and methylparaben. Not something to feed to a human, let alone an infant. Plus Baby Bliss contains organic ginger and fennel extracts unlike Little Tummys.
EcoMama Green Factor: Organic and Made in the U. S. A! +5
To people elsewhere in the world: I am sure you have a similar alternative under a different name.
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Baby's Bliss Gripe Water isan all natural herbal supplement used to ease occasional gas and stomach pain often associated with colic, hiccups, and teething.
Made with organic Ginger and Fennel, Baby's Bliss Gripe Water is recommended by pediatricians nationwide as an effective herbal alternative to traditional medications.
Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Extract, Organic Foeniculum Vulgare Seed (Fennel) Extract, Deionized Water, Vegetable Glycerin, Fructose, Natural Fennel Flavor, Citric Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoid Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract.
Directions: Babies 2 weeks to 1 month of age 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml)
Infants 1 to 6 months of age 1 tsp. (5 ml)
Children 6 months and older 2 tsp. (10 ml)
Adults 2 Tbsp. (30 ml)
Shake Well. For babies 2 weeks to 1 month of age it may be administered directly by dropper or in a bottle up to 6 times in a 24 hour period. For infants or children over 1 month old it may be administered up to 6 times in 24 hours. Effective in 5-20 minutes. We recommend discarding 4 weeks after opening. Refrigeration not required. Store at room temperature.
Precautions: Keep this and all supplements out of the reach of children. Do not exceed the recommended dosage. Discard it after the expiration date. Do not give this product to a child with a history of kidney failure or renal problems. Do not give to a child that is allergic to any of the ingredients. Since an infant may have an immature immune system, a ...