No evidence for Gripe water as treatment for infant colic

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Gripe waters have never been tested as remedies for colic” in babies.

An article published in Pediatrics … notes that there is some ‘encouraging’ evidence that fennel extract and some herbal teas could relieve colic symptoms, but researchers concluded that the studies so far have been weak and unconvincing.”

Dr. Edzard Ernst, co-author of the Pediatrics study and a professor of complementary medicine at the Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England, said that “ginger, fennel, and other ingredients found in gripe waters should be safe for babies.”

Roughly one out every “five babies gets colic,” according to the National Institutes of Health.

You can learn more in my blog, “What natural medications may help infant colic?

You can also learn more about the risks of alternative medicines in children in my blog, “Alternative Medicine and Children: The Bottom Line? The Risks Are Simply Too Great for Children.”

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