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November 21st, 2006, 10:06 AM
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My mother in law told me that she and her mother would give babies baking soda (could be baking powder can't remember for sure) to help with gas. She keeps telling me that I should give my baby some to help him. She's 68 years old so I'm sure they did all kinds of crazy things like that when they had babies, but I wanted to know if anyone else has ever heard of this. She said all you do is get a tiny little bit on your finger and put it in baby's mouth. I've been using mylicon gas drops, rubbing his belly, and doing the bicycle movement with his legs.
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November 21st, 2006, 10:25 AM
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OMG!!!! NO!!! Are you for real? Can't that kill the baby??
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November 21st, 2006, 11:28 AM
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OMG!!!! NO!!! Are you for real? Can't that kill the baby?? [/b]
I thought the same thing also.

I would just continue doing as you are doing. The Little Tummies helped Annika better then the Mylicon drops.
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November 21st, 2006, 01:00 PM
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yuck! Just keep doing what you are doing!
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November 21st, 2006, 03:28 PM
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It's baking soda, and no, it's not a good idea. The Mylicon or Little Tummies (also my fav) are a far better (and safer) alternative.
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November 22nd, 2006, 05:03 AM
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Isn't the little tummies the one with chamomile (sorry probably spelled wrong) in it? I saw that at Walgreens but wasn't sure if I could use it for a newborn and didn't know if it was worth the money. Can I use it for a 2 week old? Can you use it with mylicon?


Yikes!! To think that if baking soda will kill a baby and if I did listen to my m-i-l...... That's very scary! I'm glad she lives 4 1/2 hours away now or else she'd probably be giving him baking soda all the time. I love my m-i-l but she is always scaring me. She has a bunch of weird old fashioned ways of doing things. She told me that babies this young shouldn't be gassy, she said he's nursing too much and he should be sleeping on his own for most of the day and night. She never breastfed any of her 7 kids so I don't know how she would know what is too much and what isn't but she said there is something wrong with him for him to be so gassy and wanting to be awake and on my breast for so much time.
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November 22nd, 2006, 09:24 AM
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I always heard that baking soda can cause fatal stomach ruptures in ADULTS! My relatives are always giving me bad advice too, but that's the first time I've heard that one!
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November 22nd, 2006, 10:42 AM
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I just checked and Little Tummies is Simethicone (sp?) You're probably thinking of gripe water, which is an herbal mixture used to treat colic & gassiness in infants as young as 2 days old.
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November 23rd, 2006, 09:36 AM
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BAD IDEA. its really really harsh on their tummys
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November 24th, 2006, 05:50 AM
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Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate which is the main ingredient in many gripe waters. It's quite safe I'm sure, but buying gripe water which has been prepared for babies would be better.
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