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Simpler times = Gripe water, Boroline

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‘Wasn’t there something that used to stop our crying instantly?’

I asked my mother as my six-month-old nephew was crying profusely. My sister-in-law was looking for the remote of our television set, as one particular music channel apparently calms my nephew down instantly.

“Doctor has asked us not to give him gripe water. All paediatricians nowadays advise to avoid gripe water,” my sister-in-law said.

Well, that’s when I vigorously typed gripe water on Google to check whether it was actually a medicine.

Because I always thought — from how elders describe it — gripe water is some magic water.

So, I found out that the original Woodward’s Gripe Water contained 3.6 per cent alcohol, dill oil, sodium bicarbonate, sugar and water. But that was in 1851, when the product was first launched.........

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