Frequently Asked Questions
- What makes Colic Calm different from ordinary gripe waters and other colic formulas?
- Do I need a prescription to buy Colic Calm?
- How much does it cost?
- Where can I buy Colic Calm?
- How long does shipment via Standard Mail through Amazon’s Fulfillment Services generally take?
- Are the ingredients of Colic Calm safe for babies?
- What if my doctor hasn’t heard of Colic Calm yet?
- At what age can my baby start taking Colic Calm?
- What is the difference between the homeopathics in Colic Calm and herbal oils or extracts in other gripe waters?
- What role does the vegetable charcoal play?
- How often should the doses be administered?
- What is the best way to administer Colic Calm?
- Can Colic Calm be added to formula or expressed breastmilk?
- What does Colic Calm taste like?
- How long does it take to have an effect? How long does it last?
- Does Colic Calm work from the very first dose for all babies?
- Why does my baby sleep soundly and longer after taking Colic Calm?
- How does Colic Calm help with teething?
- Does Colic Calm have any side effects?
- Is it safe to mix Colic Calm with other medicines or products that baby is taking?
- Does Colic Calm carry any warnings or information statements?
- How do I store Colic Calm?
- What is the best way to get out spots or stains?
- How long should I continue giving Colic Calm to my baby?
- How long should each bottle last?
- Can Colic Calm be used for anything other than colic?
Q: What makes Colic Calm different from Other Formulas?
A: Colic Calm gripe water provides safe, gentle relief for discomfort from gas, stomach upset and colic. Colic Calm is the only gripe water that is an FDA-listed homeopathic medicine. Colic Calm contains nine all-natural, allergen-free remedies and is specially formulated to ease the pain and discomfort commonly associated with colic. Our formula does NOT contain sugar, sodium bicarbonate, binders or fillers, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, animal products, or any artificial flavors or colors.
Q: Do I need a prescription to buy Colic Calm?
A: No prescription for Colic Calm gripe water is needed. It is an over-the-counter product.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The suggested retail price is $18.95. We offer discounts on multiple bottle purchases and a variety of shipping options to suit your baby’s needs.
Q: Where can I buy Colic Calm?
A: Colic Calm is available for purchase at over 30,000 retail locations throughout the US and in many countries outside the US. These retail locations consist of all major pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens as well as Target, Walmart and Babies R Us. Visit our store locator for the nearest retail locations in your area. You can also purchase Gripe Water Colic Calm online from our website and have it delivered directly to your door.
Q: How long does shipment via Standard Mail through Amazon’s Fulfillment Services generally take?
A: We strive to keep shipping costs as low as possible. Our orders are shipped via Amazon Fulfillment and will arrive in an Amazon carton. We find that the Standard Shipping option offers the best value via Amazon Fulfillment for those that can wait 3-5 business days for delivery. You should receive an automated e-mail from Amazon with a delivery confirmation number for tracking. For quicker shipment, we offer Expedited (2-3 days) or Priority (1-2 days) delivery in our shipping options. The delivery times are approximate and not guaranteed. Please note weekend and holiday exceptions.
Q: Are the ingredients of Colic Calm safe for babies?
A: Yes. All homeopathic medicines, including Colic Calm, must be listed in the US with the FDA. The ingredients in Colic Calm have a long history of safe use and are listed in the Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States. All ingredients are carefully selected and must meet our strict quality assurance standards prior to use. All ingredients are meticulously calculated and safe for babies. They are all allergen-free and side-effect-free. Our bottles are safety-sealed and batch samples undergo purity testing before release. We use amber glass bottles for maximum stability, quality and purity. The nine homeopathic remedies in our formula are chamomile, fennel, caraway, ginger, peppermint, lemon balm, blackthorn and vegetable carbon. To see benefits of each ingredient, in accordance with the principles of homeopathy, click here.
What if my doctor hasn’t heard of Colic Calm yet?
If your doctor is not familiar with Colic Calm, please print out our Medical Facts Sheet (PDF) and share it with your physician.
While most pediatricians and pediatric chiropractors know about our homeopathic medicine, word-of-mouth among parents has been our most effective advertising. Hundreds of thousands of satisfied parents have been sharing their discovery with friends and family, even telling their doctors about it. We exhibit at many American Academy of Pediatrics conferences and events, helping to get the word out even faster to those in need. Since the age-old problems of colic, gas and upset stomach are also a top frustration for pediatricians, a great number have been relieved to know that there is now a safe and effective natural alternative to prescription drugs. Patient testimonials are winning over many remaining skeptics. Feel free to visit our Facebook page to see a listing and pictures of past and upcoming AAP events, and other events in which we will be participating. We currently have thousands of pediatric offices across the country acting as ambassadors of Colic Calm.
Q: At what age can my baby start taking Colic Calm?
A: Colic, gas and reflux usually become evident in babies from as early as two weeks of age. Most parents of two-week-olds have found it best to start with just a few drops, gradually adding more if needed (not to exceed the recommended dose). For such young babies, a few drops is all that is usually needed to provide relief within minutes.
Q: What is the difference between the homeopathics in Colic Calm and herbal oils in other gripe waters?
A: We are indeed the only gripe water that contains homeopathic remedies, as opposed to herbal oils or extracts (dietary supplements). Many experts believe that herbal oils and extracts should not be consumed internally, especially by infants, due to purity and allergy concerns. Homeopathics contain minute amounts of natural remedies that are designed to stimulate the body’s own self-healing properties. This is exceptionally helpful for babies that suffer from immature digestive systems. Colic Calm also includes visible quantities of medicinal activated charcoal (latin: Carbo Vegetabilis 1X) to help adsorb gases and allergens that may have accumulated in babies digestive system. Homeopathics are allergen-free and side-effect-free.
Q: What role does the vegetable charcoal play?
A: The key ingredient in Colic Calm is carbo vegetabilis (vegetable charcoal). Charcoal, or carbon, as it is called, is the most abundant element on Earth. Carbon is an important element; the human body is composed of 18% carbon (65-75% of the body is water). It works by a process called adsorption (this is different from absorption, which means to incorporate or assimilate a substance). Vegetable charcoal is an inactive material which passes through the intestines without being absorbed itself. On its way, it collects toxins and wastes via adsorption. It also adsorbs gases, thus relieving flatulence, bloating and gas pains. It is fully excreted in bowel movements and will darken stools. Because it is not a drug, it has no direct action on any organ of the body, it does not enter the blood stream, nor is the vegetable carbon itself absorbed into the body. All of it passes out of the body system naturally and easily, along with the gases and toxins it has collected on its journey.
Q: How often should the doses be administered?
A: One-half teaspoon (2.5mL or 50 drops) for children over 20 lbs. and one-quarter teaspoon (1.25mL or 25 drops) for babies under 20 lbs. of Colic Calm should be given when symptoms of colic appear, and can be repeated every 60 minutes up to a maximum of 4 doses in a 24-hour period. Colic Calm can be given prior to feeding or afterwards… whenever baby is distressed by colic, upset stomach, gas, hiccups, teething or acid reflux. It is only necessary to give when needed, when you recognize that baby is starting to get uncomfortable and before crying starts to escalate. Be sure to shake the bottle well before each use. Note: Please use the oral dispenser provided in box to dispense the appropriate dose of liquid slowly, drop-by-drop into baby’s mouth between the cheek and gums. You may also choose to use the NumiMed pacifier dispenser (available on our ordering webpage) or the like (various dispensers are available in pharmacies nationwide).
Q: What is the best way to administer Colic Calm?
A: Babies love the naturally sweet taste of Colic Calm. Most babies swallow easily when the included dropper is placed between the gums and cheek towards the back of the mouth, and the fluid is dispensed slowly, drop-by-drop. We have also had very positive reviews on the NumiMed Dispenser (also developed by a mother in need), so we recommend its purchase along with Colic Calm. It is incredibly easy and infinitely less messy when baby sucks the slightly sweet, dark formula from the NumiMed. Additionally, the NumiMed can be used for any oral medications you are giving your baby. Whichever method you choose, make sure to clean the dropper or NumiMed and let air-dry between doses to avoid contamination.
Q: Can Colic Calm be added to formula or expressed breastmilk?
A: Ideally, Colic Calm is best given “straight.” It seems to be most effective when administered on its own. Most babies really like the sweet taste of Colic Calm. We encourage parents to taste it themselves! However, parents of very finicky babies have found that their little ones prefer to have it mixed into a small amount (1 or 2 ounces is plenty) of supplementary formula or breastmilk. The taste may then be more familiar and comforting.
Q: What does Colic Calm taste like?
A: Our formula has a very pleasant, sweet taste that almost all babies love. Because we use homeopathics and not essential oils or extracts, there is no herbal taste. We have been told often that babies smile or calm down immediately when they see a Colic Calm bottle coming their way. We encourage you to give it a taste yourselves.
Q:How long does it take to have an effect? How long does it last?
A: In most cases, you will see results in three to five minutes. While each baby is different, most remain comfortable for several hours. As of 2017 Colic Calm cartons contain an expiration date of 3 years from purchase date. Once opened Colic Calm is good for up to 8 weeks.
Q: Does Colic Calm work from the very first dose for all babies?
A: Many babies will experience relief within minutes of their first dose of Colic Calm. There are some babies, however, whose bodies take a bit longer before showing significant improvement, especially infants over 1 month of age, who have often been conditioned. We recommend giving Colic Calm a full week to work its wonders. Some babies simply have trouble calming down once the crying cycle has begun. We encourage you to email or call us at (877) 321-CALM for helpful customized suggestions that may make all the difference. We are here to help.
Q: Why does my baby sleep soundly and longer after taking Colic Calm?
A: Most often, because pain has been relieved and baby is comfortable and able to relax and rest. There are absolutely no narcotic or habit-forming ingredients in our formula. Peaceful sleep often follows naturally after relief.
Q: How does Colic Calm help with teething?
A: Saliva in teething babies produces an enzyme that upsets their stomachs. Additionally, babies cry a lot when teething and tend to take in more air, making them gassy and irritable. This can cause even more crying, and so the cycle continues…until Colic Calm comes to the rescue and relieves the source of the pain all the way through baby’s digestive system.
Q: Does Colic Calm have any side effects?
A: There are no known absolute contraindications to any of the active ingredients in Colic Calm. All of our homeopathic remedies have a long history of safe use, are listed in the Homœopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States (HPUS), and comply with FDA laws and standards. However, it is always advised that you check with your pediatrician before introducing any product. Since Colic Calm contains activated carbon, it’s naturally dark color may darken your child’s stool.
Q: Is it safe to mix Colic Calm with other medicines or products that baby is taking?
A: As with all medications, it is important to ensure that your doctor is aware of the use of this product. Always check with your child’s doctor if your baby is taking other medications or is being treated/has been treated for serious health concerns.
Q: Does Colic Calm carry any warnings or information statements?
A: Follow instructions on dosage amounts. Standard warnings are indicated on both box and bottle label. Keep out of the reach of children. As with all medications, ensure that your doctor is aware of the use of this product.
Q: How do I store Colic Calm?
A: This product should be stored at room temperature, out of direct sunlight. Because there is no need for refrigeration, our formula is ideal for traveling away from home. It is guaranteed effective up to 2 months from the time bottle is opened.
Q: What is the best way to get out spots or stains?
A: We have left Colic Calm’s rich dark color as Mother Nature intended, without any “pretty” coloring to alter its purity and efficacy. While the microfine particles of vegetable charcoal do not contain any dye, they can get lodged between fabric fibers and may require gentle manipulation to loosen. That is why we have included a staining warning on bottle and box. We do find that stains/spots lift out easily with any of the spray stain removers. OxyClean works particularly well and is available in most grocery and drug stores. If your baby has very sensitive skin, make sure to wash clothes or linens twice. You can now find the new OxyClean Baby Stain Soaker at Babies R Us and Target. This is the best option, since it is 100% free of fragrance, chlorine, detergent, and dye, and won’t irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. For stubborn stains, try pre-spotting with dish-washing liquid before washing. Please keep in mind that the possible inconvenience of spot removal should be insignificant compared to the relief of your baby’s pain.
Q: How long should I continue giving Colic Calm to my baby?
A: Colic Calm should be given whenever symptoms of colic appear, until baby outgrows digestive pains. Colic Calm has also proven extremely helpful in easing any pain associated with the introduction of new foods and teething. Many toddlers and older children have also benefited from tummy ache relief with Colic Calm.
Q: How long should each bottle last?
A: Each bottle contains 24-48 doses. Some babies require more doses than others, depending on the frequency of their digestive discomfort. We recommend discarding bottle two months after opening.
Q: Can Colic Calm be used for anything other than colic?
A: You can use Colic Calm when baby experiences digestive upset that accompanies teething or when introducing new foods that may cause gas pain or upset stomach. It also relieves indigestion, bloating, and flatulence and treats hiccups quickly. Parents often report that Colic Calm gently stimulates elimination properties and encourages bowel regularity. In addition, a great number of parents swear by Colic Calm for natural relief of acid reflux.
If you have additional questions, please email customer service at email@example.com or call us at (877) 321-CALM.