Grip Water – A natural Colic Remedy

Welcoming a new bundle of joy into your life is a magical experience, but the symphony of cries that accompanies colic can be challenging for any parent. In these moments, many turn to the soothing embrace of gripe water, a natural remedy that has stood the test of time.

Understanding Gripe Water

Gripe water is a gentle, liquid solution containing herbs and other natural ingredients. It has been a trusted aid for generations, specifically formulated to ease discomfort associated with colic, gas, teething, and general fussiness in infants. The primary components often include ginger, fennel, chamomile, and other herbs known for their digestive properties.

How Gripe Water Works

The magic of gripe water lies in its ability to address tummy troubles. Ginger and fennel, commonly found in gripe water formulations, can help relax the digestive tract, easing the passage of gas and relieving stomach discomfort. Chamomile, known for its calming effects, adds an extra layer of comfort for your little one.

Using Gripe Water

Using grip water is as easy as a gentle breeze. Most formulations come with a dropper, making it convenient for parents to administer the recommended dose. It’s often advisable to give gripe water before or after feeding to aid digestion. Always follow the recommended dosage on the product packaging or your pediatrician’s advice.

Making Gripe Water at Home

For those who prefer a hands-on approach, making gripe water at home is surprisingly simple. Here’s a basic recipe:


  • Water
  • 1 teabag of chamomile tea
  • 1 teabag of fennel tea
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger root

If possible choose organic herbal teas.


Brew a tea with all the ingredients listed. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove all the ingredients, making sure there are no pieces of ginger left. Add a little bit to your baby’s bottle of formula or breastmilk. Start with just a teaspoon, as this is considered a solid food. If your baby’s taking it well, you can go up to 2 to 3 teaspoons for a 240ml bottle.

Store your brew in the fridge for up to a week.

Tips for Maximum Comfort

Consult with Your Pediatrician: Before introducing any new remedy, it’s best to consult your pediatrician. They can provide personalized advice based on your baby’s unique needs.

Choose Quality Products: Opt for reputable brands and check for natural, high-quality ingredients. This ensures you’re giving your baby the best possible care.

Observe Your Baby: Every baby is different. Pay attention to your little one’s reactions and adjust the dosage or frequency if needed.

Pair with Comforting Techniques: Combine the use of grip water with other comforting techniques, such as tummy massages, gentle rocking, or swaddling, for a holistic approach to soothing your baby.

Navigating the challenges of colic is no easy feat, but with the gentle touch of grip water, you can bring comfort to your little one naturally. Whether opting for a commercial product or trying your hand at a homemade version, the power of nature awaits to provide relief. As always, consult with your healthcare provider for the best advice tailored to your baby’s specific needs.

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Until next time, Tania xx

*This article is provided for informational purposes only, and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.