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giving Gripe Water every night

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
i am feeling guilty b/c i seem to be giving Ethan (9 weeks) Gripe Water every night. i know its natural, but jeez!!! is there any harm in this?

he has this ritual....wide awake, alert, happy...gets hungry...nurses for awhile...then starts screaming...gets burped...goes back to nursing..doesnt want to do that anymore...wide awake again...sit w/ mommy at the computer for 15-20 minutes in his boppy (with toys hanging from above) or portable swing...loves that...then starts crying...doesnt want to nurse...gets rocked...still crying...gets Gripe Water...go back to rocking...falls asleep (usually 2-3 am).

help!
post #2 of 19
I have read that you can give it too much. Have you taken him to a Chiro? Maybe he just needs a little help. I know when I had that ritual with DD I took her to a chiro and it stopped happening. It may not work the same in all DC, but I know how it was for her. Sorry to hear that he seems to get uncomfortable, I know how hard it is on a mama.
post #3 of 19
Yes it is natural but giving water at that early of an age isn't necessarily the best thing for him.Have you considered a chiropractor or a cranial sacral therapist?He may have some birth trauma that is causing him pain.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
i remember an ad for ped. chiros...does anyone know what im talking about?

and can someone elaborate on why a chiro woudl be good? just wondering....
post #5 of 19
Infant spinal nerve problems arise from two major things: The trauma of the birth process and the toddler phase. The birth process is very traumatic and can certainly cause enough pressure for a subluxation to occur. Plus, once the baby is born its nervous system is constantly changing. Babies don't have a natural curve in their backs and develop it as the grow and learn to crawl. Until then it is easy for this subluxation to occur. HTH
post #6 of 19
Considering that it's made out of baking soda I really don't think using in excess is such a good idea. I think I would try to find the root of the problem rather than using a quick fix.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
well, i am not really using it as a quick fix, since i try for hours not to give it to him, but for some reason, once he gets it, he's fine. im so conflicted now i dont know what to do.
post #8 of 19
Have you tried eliminating things from your diet? My DS was really fussy every night until I cut dairy from my diet. It could be that somethin you are eating or drinking is causing him gas etc.
post #9 of 19
Stupid question. Does he sleep flat? It could be a type of reflux. SOme types of reflux don't show up until babes are a little older, or are caused by a food allergy as sharlla said. I hope I am not being redundant.
post #10 of 19
Thread Starter 
i am considering eliminating dairy again. mostly, he sleeps on me. he does sleep in his bassinet for a little while each night.
this is the thing: I drink 3 large glasses of milk a day. i really LOVE milk! this is gong to kill me. i gave it up before and went to Soy milk when i thought he had an allergy and there was no effect, but with his cradle cap and this and dry skin, i may do it again. drats!
post #11 of 19
Soy can be just as much and allergen as dairy. Forturnately my DS isn't allergic to soy. And it could take weeks for all the dairy to be out of your system, plus you have to really read lables, you'd be surprised at what they sneak dairy into.
post #12 of 19
I personally wouldn't give Gripe water. It contains parabens (do a web search if curious). You might want to try Eclectic's Babies Tum-Ease or Hyland's Colic Tablets instead and/or Chiropractic care or NAET.

NAET worked great for my ds. We started it at 3 months, but wish we knew about it sooner. He received Chiro. work at 6 weeks, but it didn't seem to help him. His problems seemed related to allergies to foods I was consuming. Could be the same for your son.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by elight23
I personally wouldn't give Gripe water. It contains parabens (do a web search if curious). You might want to try Eclectic's Babies Tum-Ease or Hyland's Colic Tablets instead and/or Chiropractic care or NAET.

NAET worked great for my ds. We started it at 3 months, but wish we knew about it sooner. He received Chiro. work at 6 weeks, but it didn't seem to help him. His problems seemed related to allergies to foods I was consuming. Could be the same for your son.
where can i get this stuff?
thanks
post #14 of 19
my jewely was fussy just like this at the same times. (i didn't know about MDC yet and never considered food allergies or anything like that, had never heard of gripe water) We went the exhaustive route and held her and walked around the house on the "tour de house" telling her what each room was and what we did in it. this is really exhausting though as we ended up having to do it for hours every night. eventually we found the swing worked calmed her down great and we weren't at risk of falling over asleep while pacing the house.

courtney
post #15 of 19
40% of people who have dairy problems also have problems with soy, from what I understand. And cradle cap can also be a sign of dairy problems.
post #16 of 19
We've tried gripe water a few times but our experience has been that homeopathics work better for ds. I would also recommend Hyland's or Boiron Cocyntal. We give ds cocyntal when he's really gassy, fussy and not able to settle down to nurse, and it always seems to help!

We are able to buy Boiron's at any pharmacy with a homeopathy section, and Hyland's is available at many natural food stores.
post #17 of 19
I use gripe water and it does seem to help ds. My doctor suggested giving half the recommended dose. But not sure about repeated use!

Have you tried teas? Some fennel or anise tea...just 1 - 1.5 tsp should do it!


Lynda
post #18 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by elight23
I personally wouldn't give Gripe water. It contains parabens (do a web search if curious).
:

we used hylands colic tablets a lot when DD was little - she would always get gassy at night and eliminating things from my diet did no good. There is nothing bad in the colic tablets and you can get them at any health food store and at most drug stores as well.

we bought some gripe water one time to try and see if it worked better but i returned it when i saw that it had parabens in it. guess it's not made as naturally as it was in the olden days.
post #19 of 19
I get my Hylands and Boiron usually from Vitacost. They have great prices and they carry a lot.
- Also, when my ds started fussing, a walk outside usually always helped. Giving him anything was the last resort - and again, I strongly suggest NAET. You might be able to find a practition who will do a free consultation to see if it would be of help in the first place.
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