Baby Gripe water

Baby Gripe water

Baby Gripe water

Each 5ml contains:

  • Sodium bicarbonate BP 1.2% w/v
  • Sodium citrate BP 0.5% w/v
  • Anise oil BP 0.12% v/v
  • Dill Oil BP 0.058% v/v
  • Strong Ginger Tincture BP 0.5% v/v
  • Sucrose BP 20.0% w/w

Sodium bicarbonate has a well-established antacid action

Dill seed oil is a widely used aromatic carminative especially for use in the treatment of flatulence in children.


For rapid relief of gastrointestinal colic.

For rapid relief of hyperacidity, indigestion and flatulence.

For prevention of sleep disturbances and irritability due to gastrointestinal disorders and teething

Posology and method of administration

Babies up to 1 month old: not recommended

1-6 months old: one 5ml spoonful

6-12 months: two 5ml spoonfuls

Adults and the elderly: Not applicable

These doses may be given during or after each feed, up to six times in 24 hours


It is generally recommended that sodium bicarbonate should not be administered to aptients with metabolic or respiratory alkalosis, hypocalcaemia or hypochlorhydria.

Side effects

Sodium bicarbonate can cause stomach cramps and flatulence

Special precautions

Use with care in patients with renal failure. May interfere with the absorption of other medicines given concomitantly. Alkalinisation of the urine by sodium bicarbonate leads to increased renal clearance of acidic drugs.


Symptoms following overdose are rare and are generally due to the effects of sodium hydrogen carbonate. These may include diarrhoea, metabolic alkalosis and hypernatraemia. In the event of severe overdosing, medical advice should be sought immediately.

Symptoms of hypernatraemia may include drowsiness and irritability, pyrexia and tachyponea. In more severe instances of acute sodium overload, signs of dehydration and convulsions may occur.

The treatment of hypernatraemia includes repair of any dehydration present and gradual reduction of the plasma sodium. The alkalosis if present, will respond usually to the treatment of hypernatraemia. At all times intensive monitoring of the electrolytes and patients circulatory and central nervous system are necessary

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