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Gripe water making baby very out of it/sleepy? \\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11

Have any of you used gripe water and had your baby act very out of it or sleepy right after giving it to them? I hate using things like this but my son has been crying hysterically for the last two days unless he is eating and my midwife told me today that feeding him too much could harm his digestive system...anyone have any experience?

woman hater Utah 16403 posts
29th Apr '11

because gripe water helps calm them and takes the gassiness away i would assume thats what its from. it always made calvyn pass out afterwards because he was no longer in pain.

☮[The Mrs.] FJB Due December 4; 3 kids; North Carolina 14335 posts
29th Apr '11

My LO threw it back up, like projectile vomiting. I don't think babies can over eat, I was always told if they are hungry feed them, but I'm not 100%

bre&tysmom 2 kids; Lynn, Massachusetts 2756 posts
29th Apr '11

its all natural they say.. it never made my kids sleepy

Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
29th Apr '11

Gripe water calms them down by soothing their tummies. When they feel better, they're likely to be exhausted from all the fussing, and fall right asleep. It's totally normal.



Otherwise, how old is he?? He may NEED the extra nutrients - maybe he's going through a growth spurt - and NEED to be eating more frequently. A baby knows when he's full. You can't force him to eat beyond fullness. Especially a newborn. It's not going to harm his digestive system by giving him more, because he probably eats all the time because he needs it. It's just going to cause hysterics if you're not giving him enough!

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11903 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting {JTRx2}:" My LO threw it back up, like projectile vomiting. I don't think babies can over eat, I was always told if they are hungry feed them, but I'm not 100%"


breastfed babies won't overeat, formula fed babies can and often will. Anyways OP it only makes him sleepy because it takes the pain away. :)

SavageDarling 3 kids; Webster, Massachusetts 10381 posts
29th Apr '11

the gripe water we use has the ingredients on the side and it just says fennel, ginger and water. i dont think that would have any effect like that on a baby. gripe water is supposed to be natural and safe its not like mylicon. it did make my baby sleepy and out of it because she was a collicky newborn with and upset belly so when we gave it to her it settled her upset tummy and she was able to relax and go to sleep. maybe that is what is going on.



are you breastfeeding?

\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting Mandi
\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting {JTRx2}:" My LO threw it back up, like projectile vomiting. I don't think babies can over eat, I was always told if they are hungry feed them, but I'm not 100%"

I thought that too but for some reason my midwife said that. I am breastfeeding so I was just feeding him when he was acting hungry even if it had only been 45 minutes to an hour.

\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting Calvyn's Mommy:" because gripe water helps calm them and takes the gassiness away i would assume thats what its from. it always made calvyn pass out afterwards because he was no longer in pain."

I really hope that is what it is!! Have you heard of giving probiotics instead?

\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting Cylus's Mommy:" breastfed babies won't overeat, formula fed babies can and often will. Anyways OP it only makes him sleepy because it takes the pain away. :)"

Yeah I EBF so hopefully I haven't been overfeeding him. Thanks for your response, I hope he just feels better. Now he is just fighting his sleep haha.

\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting MommaSav2:" the gripe water we use has the ingredients on the side and it just says fennel, ginger and water. i dont ... [snip!] ... it settled her upset tummy and she was able to relax and go to sleep. maybe that is what is going on. are you breastfeeding?"

Yes I am breastfeeding.

\\Michelle Marie// Due November 1; 1 child; Florida 1292 posts
29th Apr '11

Any of you mamas hear to give probiotics for digestive issues?

P3RvYmCp3rv 2 kids; Carlyle, Illinois 11903 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting \\Michelle Marie//:" Yeah I EBF so hopefully I haven't been overfeeding him. Thanks for your response, I hope he just feels better. Now he is just fighting his sleep haha."


if he is cluster feeding (which I think you said he is 2 weeks) it is fine...it might just be something you are eating that is giving him gas.

Mandi 18 kids; New Mexico 16517 posts
29th Apr '11
Quoting \\Michelle Marie//:" Yeah I just gave it to him about 20 minutes ago and he is pretty much fighting to keep his eyes open. ... [snip!] ... feed him more than every 2 hours since his pedi said that he may want to cluster feed...I am just so confused and frustrated!"


If you're EBFing, feed him as much as he wants, as often as he wants, as long as he wants. Babies hit their first growth spurt at 3 weeks old. It makes sense he'd want more. If the gripe water is helping, it could easily be gas. Sometimes things you eat will effect his tummy. Especially dairy. Also citrus can sometimes cause reflux or upset tummy issues. I had to avoid both while I was BFing.



Good luck, and hang in there. It sounds like you're doing the right things. Just be aware that he WILL NOT overeat, and you should nurse him as often as his little heart desires - whether that's 5 minutes or 5 hours after the last nursing session.