All parents have to deal with a fussy infant at one time or another and it seems like nothing will sooth them*. Hence, there are many over-the-counter tonics and formulas that are said to calm a fussing infant child suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort.
One of these is Gripe Water. I currently have Mommy's Bliss brand in front of me and it says right on the front:
Safely and naturally relieves stomach discomfort and gas*
occasionally associated with colic / upset tummy / hiccups / teething
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnosis, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
This particular brand contains these seemingly benign ingredients:
Deionized water, vegetable glycerine, fructose, citrus biflavinoid extract, citric acid, natural fennel flavor.
Now I have never actually used it more than twice, once on my daughter a few years ago and earlier today on my infant son who won't stop fussing today, so I can't speak from personal experience if it works or not. My sister swears by it with her three children.
Is there any study on the effectiveness of Gripe Water? Can the claim be substantiated? What is the history of this solution? What is the active ingredient in the above list?
*In fact, I am typing this with one hand because my three week old son won't stop fussing unless I hold him in a particular way.