Frequently asked questions

1. What is Woodward's Gripe Water?
Woodward's Gripe water is a time-tested formula that has been used for over 150 years throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, India, and the Caribbean to provide relief for newborns from stomach pain caused by gas, acidity and indigestion in new born babies and infants.

2. What does Woodward's Gripe Water contain?
Woodward's Gripe Water has two key ingredients - Sarjikakshara and Anethum Graveolans oil (Dill seed oil / Suwa tel / Sathakuppi). The Dill oil and Sarjikakshara have been known to be beneficial in easing discomfort due to baby stomach gas and other colic symptoms. It is also useful in providing relief during teething period for newborns.

Woodward's Gripe Water does not contain any of the following – Gluten, Starch, Dairy products, Wheat, Yeast, Alcohol, Artificial colours or flavours.
3. Is Woodward's Gripe Water safe for babies?
Woodward's Gripe Water is absolutely safe for babies, infants and newborns. All ingredients are carefully selected and must meet our strict quality assurance standards prior to use. They are all allergen-free and side-effects free. Our bottles are safety sealed and batch samples undergo purity testing before release. We use food-grade PET bottles for retaining the stability, quality and purity of the product. The key ingredients of Woodward's Gripe Water are Dill seed oil (Anethum Graveolans oil), Sarjikakshara, Sugar and water. Click here to find out how Woodward's Gripe Water helps.

4. From what age can my baby start taking Woodward's Gripe Water?
Woodward's Gripe Water can be given right after birth, though dosage varies as the child grows older.

5. Do I need a prescription to buy Woodward's Gripe Water (WGW)?
No prescription for Woodward's Gripe Water is needed. It is an over-the-counter (OTC) product.

6. How often should the doses be administered?
We recommend giving up to a maximum of 3 doses in a day. The dosage varies for every baby based on age of the baby and we recommend you to go through what is given on the pack for exact dosage directions. Woodward's Gripe Water can be given before or after feeds… whenever the baby is distressed by colic, upset stomach, gas, indigestion, ` discomfort or acidity. Be sure to shake bottle well before each use.

7. What is the best way to administer Woodward's Gripe Water?
You can use a teaspoon (with blunt edges), or a medicine dropper to administer Woodward's to the baby. We do not recommend giving Woodward's to the baby directly from the bottle.

8. Can Woodard's Gripe Water be added to formula milk or expressed breast milk?
Woodward's Gripe Water is most effective when administered on its own and not mixed with any other medicine or formula milk or breast milk. Most newborns like the sweet taste of Woodward's Gripe Water. You may taste it yourself!

9. What does Woodward's Gripe Water taste like?
Woodward's Gripe Water has a very pleasant, sweet taste that almost all babies like. There is no smell of medicine or any herbal taste. We encourage you to taste it yourselves.

10. How long does it take to have an effect?
Each baby is different and the time it takes to take effect may vary from baby to baby. In most cases, you will see results in three to five minutes.

11. Does Woodward's Gripe Water work from the very first dose for all babies?
Many babies will experience relief from the first dose itself. There are some babies though, who may take longer to show any sign of relief. We recommend giving Woodward's Gripe Water for at least a week to see its magic working. There are times when the baby is altogether crying for some other reason that Woodward's Gripe Water cannot help address. In such cases, it is best to speak to your pediatrician. We recommend speaking to your pediatrician in situations where the baby continues to cry incessantly for a long time.

12. Why does my baby sleep soundly and longer after giving Woodward's Gripe Water?
Most often, because pain is relieved and baby is comfortable and able to relax and rest. There is absolutely no alcohol or narcotic or habit-forming ingredients in our formula. Peaceful sleep often follows naturally after relief. Some babies start being their joyous, playful self once they get relief.

13. How does Woodward's Gripe Water help with teething?
During teething, babies cry a lot and tend to take in more air, making them gassy and irritable. This can cause even more crying. Woodward's Gripe Water provides relief to the stomach pain caused due to gas during this stage thus helping the child wade through this growth stage.

It is also believed that when babies are teething the salivary glands produce an enzyme which upsets the stomach, causing them to cry, and this is why Woodward's Gripe Water works during teething too.

14. Does Woodward's Gripe Water have any side effects?
There are no known side-effects of Woodward's Gripe Water. Woodward's Gripe Water has undergoes extensive testing and subjected to several reviews for safety and efficacy.

15. Is it safe to mix Woodward's Gripe Water with other medicines or products that the baby is taking?
As with all medications, it is important to ensure that your doctor is aware of the use of this product. Always check with your doctor if your baby is taking other medications or is being treated / has been treated for serious health concerns.

16. Does Woodward's Gripe Water carry any warnings or information statements?
Please follow instructions on dosage. Standard warnings are indicated on both box and the bottle label. Keep out of reach of infants / toddlers

17. How do I store Woodward's Gripe Water?
This product should be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight. Because there is no need for refrigeration, Woodward's Gripe Water is ideal while travelling away from home.

18. How long should I continue giving Woodward's Gripe Water to my baby?
Woodward's Gripe Water can be given whenever symptoms of colic appear until the baby outgrows digestive pains. Woodward's Gripe Water is also extremely helpful in easing stomach pain associated with the introduction of new foods and teething.

19. How long should each bottle last?
This depends on the age of the baby (and hence dosage). Typically, a 130 ml bottle should last around 8-10 days (with a 6 month baby being given 5ml, 3 times daily). This is assuming you follow the dosage instructions given.

20. Can Woodward's Gripe Water be used for anything other than colic?
You can use Woodward's Gripe Water when the baby experiences digestive upset that accompanies teething or when introducing new foods that may cause gas pain or upset stomach. It is also useful during the teething period, promotes and aids digestion.

21. How long can I use it after opening the bottle?
Woodward's Gripe Water has a 2-year shelf life from the date of manufacture when stored at room temperature.

22. Does it need to be refrigerated?
No! Woodward's Gripe Water does not need refrigeration.

23. Is there any reason I shouldn't give it to my baby?
We do not recommend giving it to babies with 'medical conditions' which require special attention.

Do not administer the product if your baby experiences increased discomfort or changes that you are not familiar with after taking Woodward's Gripe Water i.e., baby becomes more irritable after taking a dose, or breaks out in hives or a rash. Contact your doctor if your baby experiences any of these things.

24. How should liquid supplements be administered to infants / babies?
a. Give the liquid with a dropper or a blunt spoon / plastic food-grade infant-friendly spoon, slowly by aiming at the side of the mouth insider the baby's cheek. AVOID SQUIRTING AND DO NOT AIM STRAIGHT BACK TOWARDS THE THROAT (as it may choke or gag the infant)

b. Have the baby sitting upright and turn the head slightly to the side

c. Give a small amount at a time, allowing time in-between to prevent gagging or choking. If the infant appears to be gagging, stop administering the liquid immediately

25. What is the difference between choking and gagging?
a. Choking occurs when an infant cannot breathe because the airway is blocked or they have inhaled liquids into the windpipe. If the airway is blocked for long enough, it can be fatal

b. Gagging occurs when an object or liquid stimulates the gag reflex at the back of the throat, through direct or indirect contact. Stimulating the gag reflex can also cause vomiting.