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Woodwards Gripe Water

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Information specific to: Woodwards Gripe Water.

About Woodwards Gripe Water and how it works

This medicine helps relieve the pain and discomfort associated with trapped wind in children who are under one year of age. It contains two main ingredients: sodium bicarbonate and dill seed oil. Sodium bicarbonate neutralises excess acid. Dill seed oil warms and relaxes your baby's tummy and breaks down trapped air bubbles which are passed out as wind.

This medicine is available as a liquid which is given by mouth. It can be given during or after each feed or up to six times in 24 hours.

Consult your doctor if your baby’s symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Woodwards Gripe Water

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before giving this medicine to a child who:

  • is allergic or sensitive to or has had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • is under one month of age
  • has kidney problems

If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. This medicine is unlikely to have any important interactions. But speak to your pharmacist or doctor if your child gets any unusual symptoms while taking this medicine with other medicines.

Possible side effects of Woodwards Gripe Water

This medicine is not likely to cause any side-effects. If your child has side-effects or has any other worrying symptoms while taking the medicine, seek medical advice.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check what dose you should give and if there is anything that you need to do if you give more than the recommended dose. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for your child, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

You must dispose of the bottle and any remaining contents 14 days after opening it. It is a good idea to make a note of the date when you first opened it.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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