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What is Gripe Water?

Gripe water is a time-tested formula that has been used for more than 100 years throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, India and the Caribbean to relieve the discomfort that infants face from colic, gas, teething and hiccups. Forms of gripe water were previously imported to the United States, but those imports did not gain approval because the formulas contained alcohol.

Mommy’s Bliss® introduced its all-natural, alcohol-free Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water to the American market in 1999. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water is well known because of its effective formula. It has twice the amount of the effective ingredients (and our ingredients are organic!) as other gripe waters. Our gentle liquid formula contains fennel, ginger and sodium bicarbonate, which are historically known to ease the nausea and discomfort caused by stomach gas and other colic symptoms. Fennel and ginger are also effective for easing the discomforts of infant teething. Babies cry a lot when they are teething, and this may cause them to become gassy. Research also suggests that when babies are teething, the salivary glands produce an enzyme that upsets the stomach. This causes them to cry, too. By addressing these issues, Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water works well for teething children. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water does NOT contain any of the following: gluten, starch, dairy products, wheat, yeast, dill, chamomile, alcohol, parabens, artificial colors, artificial flavors, binders, sucrose (table sugar), fillers or petroleum-based by-products.

Is Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water safe?

Our product is manufactured in reputable laboratories that follow strict manufacturing standards, guidelines and procedures for quality and safety. All the ingredients used in Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water are listed on the FDA’s Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list. The ingredients are carefully selected and must meet Mommy’s Bliss® quality assurance requirements prior to their use. To ensure the safety of the product, it is held after manufacturing for additional analytical and microbiological tests. Only when a certificate of analysis has been issued is the product released for sale. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water is also protected by a safety seal.

Is there any reason I shouldn’t give Gripe Water to my baby?

Unless prescribed by your pediatrician, we recommend that you delay giving Gripe Water to premature babies and those under seven pounds. Small babies may not be able to tolerate Gripe Water at those stages. In addition, if there is a history of food allergies in your family, we recommend that you contact your pediatrician or physician before giving Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water to an infant. Do not administer the product if your baby experiences increased discomfort or changes that you are not familiar with after taking Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water (for example, the baby becomes more irritable after taking a serving or breaks out in hives or a rash). Contact your doctor if the baby experiences any of these issues. Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water should not be given if there is a history of kidney failure, heart disease or renal problems.

When should I give Gripe Water?

Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water should be given as needed and not as a preventive measure – after all, it works quickly! To avoid early allergic reactions, we suggest that you wait until your baby is two weeks old and over seven pounds before administering Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water. For all other infants and children, give Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water at the first signs of discomfort.   Most babies will need the product after feedings, when they get gassy from eating too fast or from gulping in air while feeding. It is a good idea to wait 30 minutes after a feeding to administer Gripe Water, as this allows time for food to digest. When it is given too soon, the baby may vomit because he or she may be too full and the ingredients may not mix well with the stomach contents. If a baby is not able to complete a feeding due to gas, he or she may need Gripe Water prior to feeding. By administering the product at different times, you will learn what works best for your baby.

How do I give Gripe Water?

Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water may be administered orally by a dropper, or directly via an empty bottle after feedings. Recommended servings are as follows: Two weeks to one month of age: 1/2 tsp. (2.5 ml) Infants through one to six months of age: 1 tsp. (5 ml) Children six months and older: 2 tsp. (10 ml) Adults: 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) Adults can use Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water for gas, stomach upsets, nausea and hangovers, too!

Can I give half the serving and more often?

It is recommended that you follow the instructions on the bottle. A partial serving will not provide the same results and is not recommended.

How should liquid supplements be administered to infants and babies?

  • Always consult with your pediatrician before giving an infant liquid supplements and/or medications.
  • Have your pediatrician show you how to administer liquid medication.
  • Always use a calibrated dropper/dispenser, or put the proper serving in an empty bottle. Do not mix it with any other liquid.
  • Practice using the dropper with water prior to using it on an infant.
  • Give the liquid slowly, by aiming at the side of the mouth inside the baby’s cheek. AVOID SQUIRTING AND DO NOT AIM STRAIGHT BACK TOWARD THE THROAT. This may choke or gag the infant.
  • Make sure the baby is sitting upright, and turn his or her head slightly to the side.
  • Give the serving a small amount at a time, allowing time in between each to prevent gagging or choking. If the infant appears to be gagging, stop administering the liquid immediately.
  • In many cases, the infant may not immediately like the taste and may initially reject the liquid. In these instances, it is best to stop and re-administer the liquid at another time when the baby is calm. This allows the infant to gradually get used to the taste of the liquid.

Can I give Gripe Water with other products or drugs?

By combining Mommy’s Bliss® with other gas-relieving products, it is difficult to determine which is providing relief for your baby. We suggest giving Mommy’s Bliss® on its own to see what the results are. If your child is taking any medication, do not give any dietary supplement product (including Gripe Water) without consulting with your pediatrician first.

Does Gripe Water need to be refrigerated?

No! Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water contains natural preservatives and does not need refrigeration, like some other gripe waters. This gives you one less thing to keep in mind as you take care of your new baby!

How long does the product last?

When stored at room temperature, Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water has a two-year shelf life from the date of manufacture. We recommend discarding the product six weeks after opening, due to reduced potency and an increase in the potential for bacteria.

Is it safe to use Gripe Water for an extended period of time?

Check with your pediatrician to determine if there is any reason that you shouldn’t be using it over time. As the formula contains no drugs that could build up over time, it is safe for babies, toddlers and even adults.

How long will it take before my baby feels better?

Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water has been known to work in as little as five minutes after it is administered. That’s serious success!

Will it work for my baby?

In a recent survey, 85 percent of parents said they would recommend Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water.  However, like all supplements and food products, the efficacy can vary.

Will my baby’s bowel movements be easier to pass?

Some reports indicate that some babies have had less trouble with their bowel movements and were not as constipated as they were before taking Gripe Water.

Is it normal for my baby to sleep following a serving?

It is common for babies who have been suffering with extreme gas/discomfort to experience relief from Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water – and that allows them to rest. The tension associated with their discomfort can be exhausting for baby and parents alike!

Why do we include Sodium Bicarbonate in our formula?

The main reason we include sodium bicarbonate in Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water and Upset Tummy Relief is it acts to maintain the pH balance of the formula.  The amount of sodium bicarbonate used in our products was specifically formulated for children, and the amount we use is minimal – just 14 mg, or less than one percent of the daily recommended amount for infants.  All ingredients in the Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water and Upset Tummy Relief are listed on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list.

Can I give gripe water at night? What makes night time gripe water different?

Mommy’s Bliss® Night Time Gripe water is specially formulated to help baby feel better, relax, and drift into a blissful sleep. The gentle natural herbal ingredients of Chamomile, Lemon Balm & Passion Flower help to promote a restful sleep for baby while the proven ingredients of our original formula gripe water soothes and relieves baby’s gas and stomach discomfort.

Can my baby become dependent on this, like a sedative?

NO absolutely not.  The herbal ingredients provide a very mild calming effect to help your baby relax and fall asleep while the same ingredients as in our original gripe water help your baby’s stomach discomfort and gas.  There are no sleep inducing chemicals in our products to become dependent on.

Can I give this to my baby during the day-time?

YES, but keep in mind the additional herbal ingredients in Mommy’s Bliss® Night Time Gripe Water are designed to help your baby relax and fall asleep.  Thus, we suggest using Gripe Water Original during the day.

Why is the recommended age different for this product vs. Gripe Water original?

Compared to Gripe Water Original, Mommy’s Bliss® Night Time Gripe Water is formulated with additional herbal ingredients that have a history of safe use for these slightly older infants & children.  While it is unlikely there would be any risk administering Mommy’s Bliss® Night Time Gripe Water to newborns – 1 month, for absolute safety our panel of experts determined the lowest  age range to be from 1 month.

Why is baby fussy at night? Why does colic happen at night?

While the rule of threes can identify when a baby has colic, and despite a wealth of research on colic; there is no single definitive widely agreed to cause for colic. We do know that very often bouts of colic occur in the late afternoons and evenings. It is possible that baby is already tired or restless and this makes the symptoms of colic more pronounced at nighttime. Mommy’s Bliss® Night Time Gripe Water helps with all these symptoms by promoting relaxation and sleep as well as easing baby’s stomach discomfort.

What are Probiotics? Are they safe?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that scientific research has shown to benefit human health. Most commonly these are bacteria, but they may also be yeasts. In some cases they are similar to, or the same as, the microbes already found in a healthy digestive tract. Many probiotics were originally isolated from common fermented foods such as yogurt. Mommy’s Bliss Baby Probiotic Drops contain the live culture Lactobacilus rhamnosus GG, the most widely studied probiotic in the world with over 800 scientific publications attesting to the safety and healthfulness of these beneficial bacteria. Like all dietary supplements you should discuss the use of probiotics with your baby’s doctor.

Can Probiotics soothe colicky babies? Do Probiotic drops ease colic?

There have been many peer reviewed published scientific studies that have shown the benefits of probiotics when added to the diet. Studies of probiotics have shown benefits to infants, babies and children as well as adults. Some studies have shown that probiotics can specifically ease symptoms in colicky babies, including reducing crying time. Probiotics are meant to be taken on a regular recurring basis, often daily. Probiotics work over time to support overall digestive health and immune function. Thus probiotics will not bring immediate relief to a colicky baby but may reduce the frequency and severity of bouts over time.

Can I use Gripe Water and Probiotics together?

Yes.  We recommend the daily use of Baby Probiotic Drops to promote long term digestive health and the when needed use of any of our Mommy’s Bliss® gripe water products to sooth baby’s colic quickly.

How do I soothe a gassy baby?

Our Mommy’s Bliss® gripe waters or for older children Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief products are safe and natural products that can ease stomach discomfort due to gas and bloating. Mommy’s Bliss® Probiotic Drops promote a digestive health which will lead to less stomach discomfort including from gas and bloating. Other ways to help your baby feel better when gassiness and bloating strike are to:

  • Keep your baby’s head higher than the stomach when feeding
  • Burp your baby during & after feeding
  • Change bottle feeding equipment to reduce baby sucking air (slower flow nipple)
  • Work out gas by laying baby on back & working legs or a massage or a warm bath
  • Give baby some supervised “tummy time” to help work out gas
  • Experiment with different formulas or foods that may give baby less gas like reducing fruit juices after discussing with your pediatrician

Why is the product cloudy?

Mommy’s Bliss® Probiotic product is microencapsulated (small particles) suspension in corn oil.  Because these particles have a tendency to clump together the product can appear anything from a finely dispersed sand line suspension to a variety of clumpy masses.  This is perfectly normal.  The microencapsulation protects the live bacteria (probiotic) so we can provide you with the most active product.

The instructions say 5 drops…is that 5 times to the black line on the included dropper?

The line on the dropper would be the entire 5 drop volume.  You may aspirate this volume into the dropper and then dispense all at once OR you may aspirate a larger amount into the dropper and then dispense ONLY 5 drops.  Both volumes would be the same.

I accidentally left the product uncovered and/or in heat, do I need to throw it away?

The product can tolerate some mild temperature excursions (held above the recommended storage temperature) with no or only limited loss of probiotic viability.  When left uncovered for long periods of time the product might become contaminated from the environment and also would have increased oxidation of the suspending corn oil.  These would potentially shorten the product shelf life after opening (we suggest discarding 6 weeks after opening).  Excessive heat would reduce the number of beneficial bacteria present.  So while the product would be les efficacious it would not be harmful if used.

How do I know if the product has gone “bad”?

Because corn oil is not generally conducive to the  growth of microorganisms it is unlikely spoilage would occur.  If the product is stored in excessive heat and humidity then there will be a loss of the live probiotic bacteria. It is unlikely under normally foreseeable storage, use and handing conditions that the product could “spoil”.  A lessening of the number of probiotic bacteria would not make the product harmful, just less efficacious.

How soon after opening does this product need to be discarded?

The product should be discarded 6 weeks after opening,  We suggest using the product daily and there are 30 servings in a single bottle; under normal use the product would be fully consumed well before this interval is up.

How do I know if it is working?

Probiotics have been scientifically studied and found to have beneficial effects when taken regularly.  Babies should experience less frequent bouts of bowel upsets such as constipation or diarrhea beginning as early as 1-2 weeks after first starting regular use of the probiotic supplement.

What happens if my baby drinks too much, can they overdose?

Over-consumption of the Probiotic product would not under the vast majority of circumstances be dangerous for you child.  The most serious effect of over-consumption would be a bowel movement with loose stools caused by the excess vegetable oil.  This would be transitory and not serious.

What are the common causes of baby constipation?

Changes to your baby’s diet and routine can lead to occasional constipation. Introducing formula to a previously breast fed baby, adding solid foods, changes in feeding habits and intervals, dehydration, some medications, and changes to your baby’s activity and sleep routines can all lead to occasional constipation.

How do I know my baby is constipated?

Babies will have from 1 to 6 bowel movements per day. As solid foods are added to the diet bowel movements normally become less frequent but most commonly at least daily. Generally, so long as the stool remains soft and occurs at least once every 3-5 days, then baby is likely not constipated. If stool is hard, pebble like or baby cries during bowel movement then your baby may be constipated. If you are unsure if your baby is constipated or has more than mild occasional constipation, then talk to your doctor.

What should I do when my baby is constipated? How can I relieve constipation?

Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease is pediatrician recommended to safely and naturally ease occasional constipation and promote regular bowel movements. If you think your baby is constipated, talk to your doctor, who may recommend giving your baby extra water or fruit juice to soften hard stool. Never give a baby laxatives, suppositories, or enemas unless instructed to by your doctor. If your baby’s bowel movements do not return to normal or if baby has signs of illness such as vomiting, fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, bloody or black tarry stools; call your doctor right away.

How does Mommy's Bliss® Constipation Ease work?

Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease contains gentle ingredients such as soluble fiber from prunes to naturally aid regular bowel movements and ease occasional constipation.  Polydextrose, a prebiotic soluble fiber, works to promote the growth of healthy bowel bacteria that can aid in maintaining regularity.  The herbal ingredients, fennel & dandelion, help to ease stomach discomfort and bloating that sometimes accompanies constipation.

How soon can I expect to see results?

Like any gentle natural laxative it may take from one to three days to see results especially in older infants & children when normal bowel movements are already less frequent.  Generally if after 3 to 5 days you see no improvement then consult your pediatrician.

Why is the minimum age 6 months? Can I give my younger baby ½ the dose?

Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease is formulated with safe natural ingredients and designed for the age ranges indicated.  Generally constipation in infants younger than 6 months is a concern which should be discussed with your pediatrician. If so directed by your pediatrician then you may safely give Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease to younger infants under his care.

How long do you have to wait between servings?

Our product is a mild natural laxative; it needs time to work. We suggest taking the product not more than twice daily and at least 4 hours or more apart.  It may take dosing over 1 to 3 days to see resumption of normal bowel movements.  Be sure to keep your child hydrated with plenty of water or juice, eating regular meals and having normal physical activity.

Will this cause my baby to “need” the product instead of being able to go on their own?

NO absolutely not.  Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease is naturally formulated with food based and herbal ingredients to work gently safely and naturally to relieve occasional constipation.  You child will not become dependent on this product.  Remember that as children age and explore more varieties of foods that constipation (and other bowel upsets) can be avoided by making sure your child eats plenty of fiber (eats fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and stays hydrated (drinks plenty of water).  Also children who get regular daily exercise and remain active tend to have less frequent bouts of constipation.

What happens if my baby drinks too much, can they overdose?

Over-consumption could result in mild diarrhea and loose stools; similarly to over-consumption of fruit, juices and products high in soluble fiber.  These effects would be mild and transitory.  There are no ingredients in our Mommy’s Bliss® Constipation Ease product that would cause significant or long term harm if over consumed.

How long do you have to wait between servings?

Our product is a mild natural laxative; it needs time to work. We suggest taking the product not more than twice daily and at least 4 hours or more apart.  It may take dosing over 1 to 3 days to see resumption of normal bowel movements.  Be sure to keep your child hydrated with plenty of water or juice, eating regular meals and having normal physical activity.

What is Upset Tummy Relief?

Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief is a safe and effective all-natural herbal supplement used to ease the nausea and discomfort often associated with stomachaches and indigestion. The formula is based on the original Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water, with natural cherry flavoring added for kids’ discerning taste buds. Gripe Water is well known because of its effective formulation of fennel, ginger and sodium bicarbonate (historically known to ease nausea and discomfort due to stomach gas). The Mommy’s Bliss® version has twice the amount of the active ingredients (and our ingredients are organic!) as other gripe waters. The Upset Tummy Relief formula also includes peppermint, dill and catnip to help ease tummy discomfort. Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief does NOT contain any of the following: gluten, starch, dairy products, wheat, yeast, chamomile, alcohol, parabens, artificial colors, artificial flavors, binders, sucrose (table sugar), fillers or petroleum-based by-products.

Why does Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief contain sodium bicarbonate?

There are two main reasons why we include sodium bicarbonate in Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief. First, the sodium bicarbonate acts to balance and maintain the pH of the formula. Second, the sodium bicarbonate acts in conjunction with the ginger and fennel to facilitate and aid digestion. Its antacid properties reduce gastric irritations and are well known by doctors and pharmacists. The sodium bicarbonate used in this product was specifically formulated for children, and the amount we use is minimal – just 14 mg, or less than one percent of the daily recommended amount for infants. All ingredients in the Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief are listed on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list. Sodium bicarbonate is also included in the FDA Inactive Ingredients Guide

Can my child be allergic to these ingredients?

Like any food introduced to a child for the first time, these ingredients may trigger an allergic reaction such as hives, vomiting, diarrhea or irritability. If there is a history of food allergies in either parent, we recommend contacting your physician or pediatrician before giving your child Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief.

Is Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief FDA approved?

Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief is a dietary supplement and not a “drug”.  The FDA does not approve dietary supplement formulas. All our products are manufactured in NSF certified facilities following strict compliance with FDA Good Manufacturing Practice regulations.  All of our ingredients are on the FDA’s Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list.

Is Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief safe?

Our product is manufactured in reputable laboratories that follow strict manufacturing standards, guidelines and procedures for quality and safety. All the ingredients used in Upset Tummy Relief are listed on the FDA’s Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) list. The ingredients are carefully selected and must meet Mommy’s Bliss® quality assurance requirements prior to their use. To ensure the safety of the product, it is held after manufacturing for additional analytical and microbiological tests. Only when a certificate of analysis has been issued is the product released for sale. Individually sealed serving packaging also protects Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief.

When should I give my child Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief?

Provide a serving to your child at the first sign of upset tummy or nausea. If necessary, you can give repeat servings up to six times in a 24-hour period.

Does the product need to be refrigerated?

No. Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief contains natural preservatives and does not need refrigeration.

How long does Upset Tummy Relief?

When stored as directed, at room temperature, Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief has a two-year shelf life from the date of manufacture.

Is it safe to use this product for an extended period of time?

Check with your pediatrician to determine if there is any reason that you shouldn’t be using our product. Typically, it is safe for babies, toddlers and even adults, and even if another condition persists.

How long will it take before my child feels better?

Mommy’s Bliss® Upset Tummy Relief has been known to work in as little as five to 20 minutes after it is administered. That’s serious success!

How can the Upset Tummy Relief taste so sweet and be sugar free/safe for diabetics?

Glycerin is a thick liquid that is colorless and sweet tasting.  Glycerin tastes sweet (60% as sweet as sugar) but it is not metabolized as sugar in the body and doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar. For that reason, it is safe for diabetics and low-carb dieters while contributing to the sweet taste that kids love.

Why do we include Catnip in Upset Tummy Relief?

Although Catnip is commonly known to make kitty a little crazy, it has been found to be effective at alleviating a variety of mild occasional digestive issues.  This is why we have chosen to include it in the Upset Tummy Relief product.   Catnip has been used traditionally for mild intestinal cramping.  In addition, Catnip is an herbal carminative (anti-gas).  It helps remove gas (flatulence) from the intestinal tract and helps to keep gas from forming.

Why do we include Sodium Bicarbonate in our formula?

The main reason we include sodium bicarbonate in Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water and Upset Tummy Relief is it acts to maintain the pH balance of the formula.  The amount of sodium bicarbonate used in our products was specifically formulated for children, and the amount we use is minimal – just 14 mg, or less than one percent of the daily recommended amount for infants.  All ingredients in the Mommy’s Bliss® Gripe Water and Upset Tummy Relief are listed on the FDA’s Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list.