Bonnispaz is an herbal supplement marketed towards patients with colic and flatulence related to problems of the gastrointestinal tract.
Bonnispaz is an herbal supplement manufactured by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, an Ayurveda drugs company based in India. The manufacturer claims that Bonnispaz can treat infantile colic, flatulence, indigestion, milk intolerance and similar conditions in the gastrointestinal tract among children.
Currently, there is no known cause or cures for infantile colic.
Bonnispaz is an herbal supplement and is not a clinically proven medication to treat problems of the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, Bonnispaz may not be effective in treating the conditions as marketed compared to a medically-prescribed drug.
The main ingredients of Bonnispaz are caraway (Krishna Jiraka), Bishop’s weed (Yavani) and ginger (Sunthi).
Caraway is said to relieve abdominal bloating and flatulence. Caraway is claimed to have “mucoprotective properties” that can reduce stomach acid production to protect the GI tract. Bishop’s weed is said to have antispasmodic and anticholinergic properties that can reduce spasms in smooth muscles. Ginger is used as a carminative to reduce flatulence, nausea, diarrhea and aid digestion.
Bonnispaz is available as a liquid syrup.
Bonnispaz can be obtained without a prescription and administered at home by following the instructions provided with the packaging. However, parents are strongly advised to seek professional medical advice in advance.
The manufacturer recommends seeking medical advice from a licensed physician for dosage instructions. Do not administer Bonnispaz to an infant or a child without consulting a doctor first.
Bonnispaz liquid is administered through a dropper. The starting dosage for severe infantile colic is said to be 4 drops, which should be gradually reduced to 3 and then 2 drops throughout a week.
There are no known side effects associated with Bonnispaz because this herbal supplement has never been clinically tested.
Even though no side effects are known to occur, side effects can be noticed in children who are given this herbal supplement for the first time. Report any such side effects to a licensed pediatrician immediately.
Bonnispaz is not clinically tested or medically approved for children. Therefore, exercise extreme precaution when administering such supplements to children.
Do not give Bonnispaz to a child if the child is known to be allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the drug.
Only give Bonnispaz to a child if a licensed pediatrician examines the child first and approves the herbal supplement for use.
Colic cannot be cured, only eased. Often, soothing the baby, using sounds to calm him or her down, or changing the milk formula can ease infantile colic. Try medically recommended methods to ease colic before resorting to herbal supplements such as Bonnispaz. Also, some cases of infantile colic gets better without requiring any intervention.
Certain medical conditions appear as colic in children. For example, infections, acid reflux or serious issues such as inflammation of the brain can cause symptoms similar to those of colic. Therefore, children with colic must always be examined by a doctor before being given supplements like Bonnispaz.