has anyone experienced addiction with infants to Oval, or gripewater?

Kyla - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )




2month daughter drinks 10oz every 4-6hrs, still hungry but will projectile if given more formula. She seems fine if we give her 50ml of oval, just want to make sure she wont be dependent


Sabra - posted on 01/04/2011




I would be feeding her less. My daughter had that exact same issue. She seemed hungry and if you gave her more formula she would continue to drink it even though she was full. The reason that babies do this is because of the reflux. The liquid is calming on their throat while they are drinking so they continue to try and ease the discomfort. Once I realized what was going on with my daughter I reduced the amount she was eating and fed her more regularly (it was like ever 2 hours which was a pain but it made her more comfortable) Also try and feed her is more of a sitting position and keep her upright for about half and hour after eating. Also be sure to burp several times throughout the feeding. Most of all though be sure to cut her off don't let her continue to eat because she probably isn't hungry just trying to soothe herself.

Sorry I can't help about the addictiveness of gripe water as it didn't work for my daughter however I highly doubt that it is because it is sold so freely.

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10 oz is a lot. how much does she weigh? if you go weight in pounds x 0.5 = number of oz every 4 hours. or weight in pounds x 2.5 = number of oz consumed over 24 hours. i'd be cutting back on the amount of formula given at a time and up the number of feeds over the day. my son is 3 months and eats 7 oz every 3-4 hours, but hes not a very big baby, so if shes bigger then maybe she needs more, but what did your doc say?

Karen - posted on 01/04/2011




how does you little one seem like she's still hungry? does she fuss as if she wants more? if so, she may be fussing just because of gas pains and not because she wants more which would be why oval or gripe water solve the problem since they relieve gas . 10 ozs seems like a lot for a 2 month old so i'm thinking the amount, along with the vomiting when offered more shows she's not hungry. i had a very gassy baby and used oval drops in his bottles , i don't think they're anything that baby will become addicted to...if all else fails and you're worried about it, just ask the pharmacist where you pick them up at.


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Have you ever tried lactose free formula? I had the same problem with my 2nd child and when I started her on lactose free formula all of her vomiting and tummy problems went away. They had thought it was reflux, but turned out to be lactose intolerance. Also like everyone else said too, you might also want to try smaller more frequent feedings.

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If your baby has reflux... smaller, more frequent feeds would be a lot better. I'd start w/ feeding only 4-5 ounces every 2-3 hours and see if that helps.

Wendy - posted on 01/04/2011




just a quick note ladies Gripe water years ago had alcohol in it .....today is does not and oval never did...showing my age......lol....so i dont think addiction would be a concern

Kyla - posted on 01/04/2011




doc said it was alot but says she has reflex issues which is why she is spitting up. she is 2months 1week and almost 12lbs... 97% for weight! doc just told me not to put her on solids till after 6months

Renae - posted on 01/04/2011




In order for something to be addictive, it has to have psychoactive properties - so it has to have some sort of effect (either inhibiting or activating) the neurotransmitters or chemicals in the brain, and the brain becomes dependant on this effect. I would find it highly unlikely that anything made for a baby or bought over the counter would be addictive. There are a few drugs that are prescribed for babies that can be addictive, but these can only be prescribed by a specialist or paeditracian. I would read the label and follow its instructions. If there is any chance of addiction it will tell you not to use it for more than 5 days.

Having said all of that, I should add that I dont actually know what Oval is, so my answer is of a general nature.

Iysha - posted on 01/03/2011




Gripe Water is just a mixture of herbs and sterile water...I dont see how it would become addictive. I read an article that said that you can also mix the gripe water with formula instead of using sterile water. I guess it's supposed to help calm the digestive tract.

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