Soda pop for newborn???

Nichole - posted on 05/31/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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I was talking to a mom who was bottle feeding her 5 week old. She was having trouble burping her. So she asked if I had white soda pop she could give her baby to help them burp. I said no and didn't judge. I didnt ask either...but I was wondering could there be side effects for giving such a young baby soda and does it really help them burp?



*FYI- I'm not judging, every mom does things different so don't yell at me for judging. I'm just really curious. Thanks.

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Rebecca - posted on 05/31/2010

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i think to an extent it would help. I know when i have bubbles i have a glass of clear pop to help. I too can't see it being that great for a new born but maybe a teaspoon wont hurt? And what exactly is gripe water? LOL I've never asked this either and never questioned it but who knows maybe it's kind of the same thing?? I don't know lol

I have never seen anyone do this before. Great question for sure!

Michelle - posted on 06/02/2010

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My baby has trouble burping and we just have to keep on trying and eventually she will burp. Soda, definitely not.

Lisa - posted on 03/26/2013

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I used gripe water for my baby girl. But I know they don't sell that everywhere because my mum sends it to my cousin in the States.

Nic - posted on 03/15/2013

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I have to say I was given coke mixed with water (shaken to get the carbon out) when I was 3 days old. I was allergic to formulas and my mom decided to give it a try. I had no problems from it. And I followed suit with all 3 of my kids and used it with no issues. You do what ever works. It wasnt a daily thing. Dr said it was ok. Although my kids dr was also my dr when I was little.

Jessica - posted on 06/02/2010

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From my own experience with giving my 7 month old .8ml of soda once (I used an old cleaned med dropper) and then having him wake up screaming from his tummy being so tight, it can't be too good for a newborn.

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Kim - posted on 06/03/2010

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it can have negative side effects for the babys teerh as well as their digestive system as there is acid in pop that will corode the gums and teeth below, and the bays stomach is not yet developed to where they can handle that acid. the next time she comes over have some gripe water on hand and that will help the baby without harming it.

Krystle - posted on 06/03/2010

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I agree with every one on here...I think the vote has won in a landslide....N-O!!! lol...whoever told that woman that it was okay was off their rockers!



@Anna: If i ever did the mint thing I always got the sugar free ones and I always talked to my Dr. about it first...but I know what you're saying and do agree...I never had a problem with them choking on the water, but then again they were considerably older than 5 weeks too.

Sherylene - posted on 06/03/2010

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No, No No, Never never never..You don't give anything effervescent to someone who cannot burp on their own. And soda for a baby is a terrible idea, my sister gave my niece Dr. Pepper in her bottle and before she was 3 she had a HUGE cavity between her front teeth.

Andri - posted on 06/03/2010

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Would never give soda to an infant!!!. I used Infacol, it helped alot. Didn't need to use it after about 4 months, my baby now burps all the time!!! Not all babies will burp after a feed. Same as adults.

Phyllis - posted on 06/02/2010

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My doctor told me to give me baby a teaspoon of Sprite or Ginger ale for gas problems

Evelyn - posted on 06/02/2010

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NO! My daughter had the same problem, if she didn't burp, I left her alone. It gave her gas later but it was bearable

Anna - posted on 06/02/2010

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hey krystie: sounds good but i wouldnt do a mint either or water. babies that young can choke on the water and the mint has sugars in it as well.

Anna - posted on 06/02/2010

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no not a good idea. the acids can hurt the babies belly. ive worked in peds for a few years and i have never heard of that. its easy to get a baby to burp. if over the shoulder doesnt work, try sitting him on your knee and holding his chin in your hand which also will support his chest or try standing up with him over your shoulder also rub your hand in circles on his back in between the pats on the back. if there is further issues i would seek dr.s advice. no judging here either!!!!

Kristi - posted on 06/02/2010

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I don't think that you should give a baby anything sugary or sweet at that age as they aren't used to it. I was told not to even give my babies water until around the time they started taking juice as they could easily strangle on it. I couldn't imagine them trying to take something that could take their breath away...because they aren't used to the carbonation.
I used Mylicon drops when my kids had gas.

Erika - posted on 06/01/2010

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I was lucky and had my baby boy around Christmas season so I got soft peppermint sticks and I just mix warm water and one stick, I jokingly put my finger in my pop and put it on my baby's tongue (he makes a funny face) but I would never and I mean never give him enough to really go into his tummy that poor baby

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2010

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ppl are warned not to give their babies JUICE, so pop is a def no no. It may help burp her a lil, but some of that gets trapped in their little tummy's & actually makes gas worse.

Giving a baby a lil tummy time will help push some of that gas pressure out

and omgosh, tell ur friend these other suggestions (in a non- judgmental way) so she will stop hurting her baybay!

Darlene - posted on 06/01/2010

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Thats just nuts and if she continues this radical treatmeant for gas the poor child may end up with diabeties or who knows something worse... as many people said there are many other things out there u can use nowerdays for bubs to burb she really should consider these alternitives.... if she's giving a 5week old soda pop whats this child going to be given and 5yrs... My goodness would h8 2 think!

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2010

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thats wrong... i agree that everyone has their own ways of doing things but thats wrong! i knew a kid that's parents gave him soda at a young age and that ended up being all he wanted to drink! he wouldn't drink formula or breastmilk anymore... why because the soda was sweet and he wanted the sweet stuff! he was 5 months old or so! theres so many other things they could do to help a child burp! i agree with the moving her around sometimes they just need a lil activity to work it out! i hope her doctor tells her to stop giving her soda!

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Soda pop no.I dont drink soda pop but on an occasion i have and the first thing i do is burp lol.I dont think its wise for a baby all the need is milk or tell her to ask at a chemist for something, to help her get her wind up and thats safe and recommened as soda pop is not.

Jen - posted on 06/01/2010

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im not judging but i do think it is wrong n something i would never do but there again im not tht mother n im not tht child i think if hse was hving problems with burping she should of spoke to a health vistor or use sum gripe water. i know how hard n frustraing it is wen my 19 month was newborn n i just gave him a bottle i would be sitting there for 20 mins do everything to make him burp then i would pass him to my mother n after 10 seconds he would burp it was like she had the magic touch. thnakfully as he got older about six months if i lied him down then sat him up he wud just burp on his own n now theres nothing stopping him burping or farting we was on on the bus the other day n he let out abig stinker n the people on the bottom deck were all dying i was so embrassed. lol.

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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OMG Dr pepper! That's just insane! I hope the Dr said something to them!

Krystle - posted on 05/31/2010

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Soda pop? That's crazy because I was just talking to a friend of mine today and she told me about her last trip to the doctor's office where these people had their baby there because he was throwing up violently and wouldn't stop crying...but they were bottle-feeding him Dr. Pepper!!! He was no more than a month or two old...Babies that young can't handle much of anything other than formula or breast milk. Their stomach and intestines can't break it down right and on top of that, giving things considered junk food to a child that young is only setting them up for a possible case of diabetes or obesity later on. If you're trying to give them anything to help them burp (of course only if the Dr. okays it on a baby that young) water in the bottle with a mint partially or all the way desolved helps.
I really try not to judge people, myself, but in my own personal opinion, it's just stupid to do that. I'm not trying to offend anyone if that is their technique, b/c like Nicole said, everyone has their own little ways of doing things, but honestly I don't even let my 2 and 4 year olds have pop. If they EVER do, it's on rare occasions and it's not much at all.
Again, not trying to offend anyone, it's just my strong personal opinion.

Christine - posted on 05/31/2010

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NO NO NO, the only thing that should go into a 5 week old baby's tiny tummy is breastmilk or baby formula!! Straight up over shoulder or sitting the baby on your knee and then bending her forward(little head towards her little toes) and straightening her up again helps with wind as does lying the little one tummy down on your lap or over your arm- putting a little pressure on the tummy. NO soda pop- terrible!

Kate CP - posted on 05/31/2010

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What? No! All that sugar and those chemicals...It's bad enough for adults! I can't imagine shoving that down an infant's throat. If she's having problems burping, perhaps she should learn a few new burping positions?

Sherry - posted on 05/31/2010

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I wouldn't say that giving a child so young soda is a good idea... I'd actually recommend against it.. BUT... anyone who says they give their child anything with a bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate I think is seriously lacking in judgement
sodium bicarbonate is also absorbed into the bloodstream and thus can have unwanted side effects. Studies have shown that sodium bicarbonate can deplete and interfere with Folic Acid and Iron, indicating that it may affect the function or absorption of both. http://colicnet.com/colic_treatment_coli...

a baking soda is not recommended either as it is absorbed into the bloodstreem and can cause sever side effects.

Since ginger ale and 7 up is sort of similar to sugar water... I'm not sure what the harm would be as long as it's kept to a very very minimum. I'd talk to your doc next time you take your babe in.. would be interesting to see what he/she says. Mind you I'd be sure to note that no ingredient is a bicarbonate first...

Tracy - posted on 05/31/2010

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I don't even allow my 3 and 8 yr olds soda! Giving it to an infant is just obscene, imo. Mylicon, try a different position to burp, warm heating pads, but never ever soda.... Good grief. Although, I have to say, that's not the worst thing I've heard of mothers giving their infants...

Nikki - posted on 05/31/2010

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Im going to judge, THAT IS INSANE ... Im sorry but giving a 5 week old soda is ridiculous, I don't understand some people\s logic. My son had a hell of a time burping, but we finally found a way to get him to by putting him on my knee and bouncing him, also rubbing his back up and down vs patting. And if worse came to worse we used Gripe Water, but under NO circumstances would I give him pop.

Erin - posted on 05/31/2010

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any1 who gives a 5 week old baby soda pop is just plain stupid-sorry if it sounds a bit harsh lol

Kyla - posted on 05/31/2010

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wow...never heard of this one before! This is pretty insane for sure!! If she is so willing to give her baby soda, then why not go for something a bit more beneficial like Mylicon?? At least that won't raise the obesity risk that is sure to be sky high with giving a bay that age soda!! And if she isn't wanting to mdeicate than maybe she should try one the throw away heating pads that don't get any hotter than 120 degrees....that is what they gave me for my newborn in the hospital and it worked like a charm!!

Lisa - posted on 05/31/2010

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Personally I use Gripe water, basically it's just a peppermint type water, that is how it tastes anyhow. LOL I try everything before giving it to my babe.

However, my grandmother told me that way back when to clear gas they use to use a teaspoonful of sugar in water. and it worked.

Jessi - posted on 05/31/2010

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i know white sodas help when you are sick but only when it is flattend. i can't imagine though giving a 5wk old soda just b/c she couldn't get her to burp. i'm 1 to use old remedies but never have i heard of someone giving a baby that young soda.

April - posted on 05/31/2010

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I would definatly say no to the soda and yes to mylicon drops! They helped my lil ones when they had tummy problems.

Meghan - posted on 05/31/2010

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sure it would help...but there are SOOO many other ways to get a newborn to burp! I had a huge debate with my mom about chocolate and she informed me that she gave me and my sister pop in our bottles before we were a year old!!! Juice is bad enough, I couknd't imagine giving a baby pop! My gosh1 lol

Hang them and bounce them, that worked for my son and he was REALLY gasy!

Tanya - posted on 05/31/2010

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If even cows milk can make the stomach bleed at that age I can't imagine what pop would do.

Tisha - posted on 05/31/2010

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I'm with Teresa!!!! There are other things that you can do do to get your baby to burp!!!

Malia - posted on 05/31/2010

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The amount of sugar and artificial stuff in the soda would probably outweigh any burping benefits. If the baby is acting really gassy, a tiny amount of baking soda can help.

Krista - posted on 05/31/2010

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I can't see that being good, as there is so much sugar in soda pop.

Gripe water is water with herbs and sometimes a bit of bicarbonate. It used to contain alcohol, but no longer does.

Carbonated beverages really aren't recommended for babies, as it can make gas even worse. But, if she's going to give her pop anyway, maybe try to persuade her to switch to plain carbonated water, and to give no more than a half-dropperful of it. It's still not ideal, but it's certainly better than sugary pop!

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