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 ovol vs. gripe water vs. bio gaia etc.

What do you use to help your gassy baby?

I've decided DS needs something to help his poor tummy, he's been very gassy (especially overnight but occasionally during the day too) but I'm not sure where to start and his ped is out of the country for a couple of weeks.

What do you use? How often do you use it? How do you know when to stop using it? etc...

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 20 Apr 2011 2:15 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
samoreo
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I've purchased Gripe Water (useless for us, although the taste does get DD to stop screaming for 5 seconds...there is no dropper, so I was just dipping her soother in it) and Ovol (great, works within minutes).

She is only gassy and has no issues with reflux. I don't use it on any schedule- sometimes the max dose for the day, sometimes only once. She tends to swallow air when my milk lets down, so if she's had a particularly gaspy/choky feeding, then I'm more likely to use it. At night she's relaxed and doesn't take in the air, so I never use it. Usually she has a humoungous burp withing a couple of minutes.

I haven't used the Bio Gaia.

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 20 Apr 2011 2:20 PM
 12 Sep 2007
 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Mae
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We've tried all 3. Only one that has had any affect at this point is Gripe Water

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 20 Apr 2011 3:43 PM
 19 Jan 2007
 Toronto
Firefly4
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Where do you find Ovol? The only one I can find is gripe water and I really want to try Ovol

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 20 Apr 2011 3:47 PM
 28 Dec 2005
 Calgary, AB
Snick
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I found ovol with either the baby stuff (same place as the gripe water) or with the adult stomach aids.

With ODS I found gripe water didn't work near as well as ovol and then bio gaia worked even better then ovol. My other big issue with gripe water is there is no dispenser which when you're giving it to a newborn is just dumb!

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 20 Apr 2011 3:55 PM
 19 Mar 2009
 Ottawa, Ontario
Ashlee3694
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I've been wondering the same thing! I'll be following this post.
Quick question. Do different brands of gripe water taset different? The brand I bought smells and tastes nasty! No wonder DD won't take it!

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 20 Apr 2011 3:56 PM
 18 Jan 2004
NFLDBride_mom2b
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I have only ever used gripe water and it works great for DS. We buy the alcohol free type...Kolik is the brand I believe.

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 20 Apr 2011 5:10 PM
 13 Aug 2006
 Calgary, AB
Raynn
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Gripe Water for all day long/night... Bio Gaia once a day.
I found the Bio Gaia definitely helped in the gas dept. It wasnt a cure all, but it did help her work through the gas easier

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 20 Apr 2011 5:10 PM
 22 Oct 2004
 Winnipeg, MB
waterlily
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I have used Ovol drops on occassion...I bought them at Shoppers.

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 20 Apr 2011 5:27 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
samoreo
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So I guess the next question is: where do you buy bio gaia?

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 20 Apr 2011 5:33 PM
 16 Oct 2006
 newfoundland
SandyD
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Firefly: I've seen oval at Walmart. It's usually over near the pharmacy.

We've been using the Kolik brand of gripe water. I've also used the super concentrated brand of Kolik which does have a dropper. Both kinds have been great....DS likes both of them.

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 20 Apr 2011 5:39 PM
 11 Dec 2005
turquesa07
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We use gripe water for more instant relief (the Kolik brand) and then we used BioGaia when DD was younger. We stopped using it as she seemed to be doing better with gas and then when we tried to start using it again we ended up with extremely runny poops.

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 20 Apr 2011 6:32 PM
 22 Jan 2011
 Calgary
teamla
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Like PP we use gripe water for more instant relief (non-alcoholic... why they'd have one with alcohol for infants is beyond me), and we used to use BioGaia daily when they were littler. I actually didn't find BioGaia made that much of a noticeable difference with my guys.

Anyway, we'd just put a teaspoon of gripe water (per the dosage directions) in a small bottle and let them suck it up. It smells heavily of dill, but they don't seem to mind. We have an ongoing argument as to whether it will make them love or hate dill pickle chips when they're older...

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 20 Apr 2011 7:47 PM
 9 Sep 2007
 Niagara Region
MuskokaRoots
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Silly question...how do you pronounce bio gaia..is it bio gay-ya? or guy-ya? or something else? lol

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 20 Apr 2011 8:09 PM
 13 Aug 2010
honeysher 2.0
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Bio Gaia, I found, was more for gut flora. Ovol helped a bit. When D got older and we started with Gripe water, that was the best.

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 20 Apr 2011 8:24 PM
 29 Mar 2006
 Toronto, ON
jennypea
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speaking of BioGaia, what are people paying for it these days? I bought it for the first time in early Feb of this year and it was about $29 at shoppers. went to buy another bottle today and they tried to charge me $46! For the same size bottle.

did the price go up all over or is my shoppers just messed up?

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 20 Apr 2011 8:49 PM
 2 Sep 2008
 Richmond Hill, Ontario
Eggplant
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I paid $29.95 at SDM for Bio-gaia. I have seen it also at walmart and I have used all 3 of these and still do at times.

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 20 Apr 2011 8:59 PM
 29 Mar 2009
 Burlington
AliC
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I paid 23 and change for it at Costco.

For the poster who asked how long it takes to see results, it probably took a week or so before we noticed much, and even then it was very subtle. We used the Ovol drops during that first week quite religiously, on the recommendation of the midwife.

The reps were at the baby show in Toronto last week and they pronounced it Bio-guy-ah

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 20 Apr 2011 9:29 PM
 22 Jan 2011
 Calgary
teamla
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It's GUY-ah. Name of the Earth goddess/Mother Nature in Greek mythology. Yes, I am a nerd.

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 20 Apr 2011 9:41 PM
 9 Sep 2007
 Niagara Region
MuskokaRoots
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Thanks teamla and Alic! I just want to know how to pronounce when I ask for it eventually lol.

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 21 Apr 2011 10:40 AM
 20 Apr 2006
 Ontario
Glor
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We have used Ovol and gripe water and I find they both work well. I do tend to buy more gripe water though as I also use it for hiccups - it's an instant cure! DS gets really upset from hiccups so I'm glad to have it.

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 21 Apr 2011 4:25 PM
 18 Aug 2008
 Toronto, ON
2009baby
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Thanks all! We picked up some Ovol yesterday and I have gripe water but haven't tried either yet. As it turns out, DS only BF'd on one side at each feed overnight (he was super sleepy, I couldn't wake him!) and didn't seem to have the usual gassiness. I wonder if he was eating too much/taking in too much air? We'll see if it goes the same way tonight.

another question - the Ovol package says only to use on advice of a physician. Did your physician advise you to use it or did you just go ahead based on your own gut feeling?

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 26 Apr 2011 3:01 PM
 18 Dec 2007
classy27
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We did fennel water it worked like a charm. Our Dr. said to boil about 10 fennel seeds in a pot of water then you give half am ounce of water when needed. Our daughter hated the taste but when she was hungry we would sneak a few sips in and that's all she needed it worked great!

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 26 Apr 2011 3:38 PM
 10 Apr 2006
 Howe Sound, BC
AutumnBride
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Only have tried Gripe Water. It is hit or miss in this house for effectiveness.

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 30 Apr 2012
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